J. Bradford Jensen

Brad Jensen

Senior Policy Scholar


Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University

Research Interests

  • International Business
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Impact of Trade in Services


Dr. Jensen is the McCrane/Shaker Chair in International Business at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Jensen pioneered the use of plant-level microdata to investigate the impact of international trade and investment on the economy. His recent work examines the relationship between trade and firm performance and the impact of trade in services on the economy. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and published in scholarly journals including the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, and Harvard Business Review. Jensen’s research has been cited in popular press publications including the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune, and Business Week.

Prior to joining Georgetown in 2007, Jensen served as deputy director at the Peterson Institute. Jensen has also served as director of the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau, on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, and as a visiting professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Jensen received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and B.A. from Kalamazoo College.

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