Kiran Ayub joined the Economics Department at Lewis & Clark College in 2022. She completed her PhD in Economics at Kansas State University.
Dr. Ayub’s research interests are in the fields of International Trade, with a specific focus on the Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) and Economic Integration Areas (EIAs).
Her job market paper considers the role of trade in differentiated inputs in the country-pair decision to form a PTA in goods, and in their decision to expand it to trade in services with varying degrees of coverage, which transforms a preferential agreement into an Economic Integration Area (EIA). Dr. Ayub’s next paper discusses the effects of PTA and EIA formation on trade flows using a modern gravity model of international trade. In particular, it focuses on the effects of PTA formation on the internal and external margins of trade, allowing for EIA formation to represent an additional factor in promoting trade through both margins of trade.