College of Business and Behavioral Science


Scott Baier

Director of the BB&T Center for Education and Policy Studies

Office: 221F Sirrine Hall
Phone: (864) 656-4534
Fax: (864) 656-4192
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 Educational Background

1996 Economics
Michigan State University PhD

1991 Economics
Bowling Green State University MA

1989 Journalism
Bowling Green State University BA

 Courses Taught

Advanced International Trade
International Microeconomics
Topics in Empirical International Economics
Macroeconomic Theory
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Problems in Macroeconomic Theory
Principles of Macroeconomics
Money and Banking
Economic Growth Theory and Applications
Causes and Consequences of the Financial Crisis
Economic Analysis and Public Policy


Professor Baier is an Associate Professor in the John E. Walker Department of Economics. From 1996-2000, he served on the faculty in the Department of Finance and Business Economics at the University of Notre Dame. He joined the faculty at Clemson in 2001. From 1999-2012, Professor Baier was a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta. From 2007-2008, Baier was a Senior Economists on the Council of Economic Advisers. As a member of the Council of Economic Advisers, he provided economic analyses of current events, pending legislation and, and assisted with the production of the Economic Report of the President. Baier’s award-winning research focuses on international trade, and economic growth and development. His project, “The Causes and Consequences of Regionalization” was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Two of Baier’s articles have been recognized with “best paper” awards in recent years. His recent paper “How Important are Capital and Total Factor Productivity for Economic Growth?” (joint with fellow Clemson Economics Robert Tamura, and Jerry Dwyer of the Atlanta Fed) won the 2007 Best Article Award in Economic Inquiry. His paper on “The Growth of World Trade” (with Jeff Bergstrand) won the Bhagwati Award for the best paper in the Journal of International Economics in the years 2001 and 2002.

 Research Interests

Understanding the causes and consequences of trade liberalization. Understanding the economic determinants of Economic Integration Agreements.

 Research Publications

“Approximating General Equilibrium Impacts of Trade Liberalizations using the Gravity Equation: Applications to NAFTA and the European Economic Area,” with Jeffrey H. Bergstand in Steven Brakman and Peter van Bergeijk (eds.), The Gravity Model in International Trade: Advances and Applications, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, (2010), p. 88-134.

"Estimating the Effects of Free Trade Agreements on Trade Flows Using Matching Econometrics." with Jeffrey H. Bergstrand. Forthcoming: Journal of International Economics, vol. 77 (2009), p. 63-76.

"Bonus Vetus OLS: A Simple Approach for Addressing the "Border Puzzle" and Other Gravity Equation Issues." with Jeffrey H. Bergstrand. Journal of International Economics, vol. 77 (2009), p. 77-85.

“The Growth of Regional Economic Integration and the Middle East.” With Jeffrey H. Bergstrand and Peter Egger. Region et Developpment, (2009).

"Banking Crises and Economic Freedom." with Matthew Clance and Geral Dwyer. Economic Freedoms of the World. The Fraser Institute (2012).

"Recessions, Growth, and Banking Crises" with Gerald Dwyer, John Devereux, John and Robert Tamura. Journal of International Money and Finance. vol. 38 (C), 2013, p. 18-40

"Economic Integration Agreements and the Margins of International Trade." With Jeffrey H. Bergstrand and Michael Feng. Journal of International Economics. vol. 93 (20), 2014, p. 39-50.

"Preliminary Examination of Heterogenous Effects on International Trade of Economic Integration Agreements." with Jeffrey Bergstrand and Matthew Clance. Fortcoming in: Trade Cooperation: The Purpose, Design and Effect of Preferential Trade Agreements. Cambridge University Press.