Margaret McMillan

Margaret McMillan is an associate professor of economics at Tufts University and a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute. She has published widely in the areas of international trade and investment focusing primarily on developing countries. Understanding the distributional consequences of international economic integration is the key focus of her work. She is a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a recipient of research grants from the Economic AND Social Research Council in the UK, THE National Science Foundation and the Center for Aids Research. In 2005, she was named the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Professor McMillan’s research has been featured in the New York Times and the NBER Digest and has been published in leading economics journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Economic Growth, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Journal of International Economics. Professor McMillan has worked in several African countries including Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. Before coming to academia, she worked for a variety of organizations including the Peace Corps, Lehman Brothers, USAID, UNDP and the World Bank. Professor McMillan holds a Ph.D. in economics (with distinction) from Columbia University an MPA from Princeton University and B.A. (summa cum laude) from Boston University.


Researcher's Grant Projects

How do Special Economic Zones (SEZs) impact domestic firms' outcomes in low-income countries? This project aims to answer this question looking at the case of Ethiopia, Tanzania and Vietnam.
Researchers: Margaret McMillan, Brian McCaig
Grants Round: 25th Round
Country: Multiple
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project aims to quantify the relationship between Foreign Direct Investment and domestic firm development by building on an existing study of Chinese and Indian investment in the processed leather sector in Ethiopia. 
Researchers: Margaret McMillan, Girum Abebe
Grants Round: 2nd MRG round
Country: Ethiopia
Cross-cutting themes: Gender
This project seeks to understand the recent impact on Ethiopia's leather value chain of investment and growing interest from predominantly Asian/Chinese firms in order to inform policies to foster productivity-enhancing linkages between foreign and local firms. 
Researchers: Deborah Brautigam, Margaret McMillan, Xiaobo Zhang
Grants Round: 1st Round
Country: Ethiopia