University of Notre Dame

The Notre Dame team will provide key expertise in global supply chains and input-output structure and infrastructure, firm behaviour, and within country trade, which are key components of the STEG research programme. 

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Economics is seeking to hire a full-time Senior Research Associate to join the Structural Transformation and Economic Growth (STEG) Research Team. More details on the post can be found here



Professor Joseph Kaboski is the Chair of the STEG Academic Steering Committee, Head of Commissioning, as well as the Team Leader for the University of Notre Dame. Kaboski is the David F. and Erin M. Seng Foundation Professor of Economics and a Fellow of the Kellogg Institute. His research combines macroeconomic development theory with micro data and field research, with an emphasis on structural change, finance and development, schooling and growth, explaining international relative price patterns, and the role of inventories in international trade. He has published widely in journals such as the American Economic Review; Econometrica; the Journal of Economic Theory; the Journal of Monetary Economics; and the Journal of the European Economic Association. He is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Human Capital; a member of the Editorial Board of the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics; a Research Associate at the NBER (in both the Development and Economic Fluctuations and Growth groups); and a Fellow and Board Member of the Bureau of Research in Economics Analysis of Development (BREAD). Kaboski is a Senior Advisor and Board Member of the Central Bank of Armenia, and a member of the Academic Advisory Council of Peking University’s Institute for New Structural Economics.  He has consulted for the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, Minneapolis and St Louis; the World Bank; and the IMF, including as the external consultant on their 2018 World Economic Outlook examination of structural change, growth, and manufacturing in emerging and developing economies. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2001 and has previously been an Assistant and Associate Professor at Ohio State University and a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. 


Taryn Dinkelman is a member of the Notre Dame Team. Dinkelman is a development economist, who studies labour markets and human capital in developing countries, including Botswana, Chile, India, Malawi, and her home country of South Africa. Prior to joining the department at Notre Dame in 2018, Dinkelman held positions as Associate and Assistant Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College and Assistant Professor at Princeton University. She is a Faculty Research Associate at the NBER (Development Group) and a Research Affiliate at BREAD, CEPR and IZA. Her research has been published in leading journals, including the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Economic Journal, and the Journal of Development Economics.   


Robert C. Johnson is a member of the Notre Dame Team. Johnson is an international economist, working at the intersection of international trade and macroeconomics. He is a leading expert in the role of global value chains, and his research has shown how the rise of global value chains has altered trade and macroeconomic interdependence between countries. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame in 2018, Robert was an Associate Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an Associate Editor at the Journal of the European Economic Association and Journal of Development Economics. He has previously served as consultant and visiting scholar at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Robert received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, a MSc. in Global Market Economics from the London School of Economics, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University. 


Wyatt Brooks is a member of the Notre Dame Team. Brooks is the Joe and Deborah Loughery Collegiate Chair in Economics and Human Development in the Department of Economics. He received his PhD from Minnesota in 2012 and is an Affiliate at the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE) and at J-PAL. His research integrates trade, development, and macroeconomics with field research, especially examining the behaviour of firms in developing countries and the impact of trade within and across countries on development. His field work extends to Brazil, Colombia, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Rwanda.  He has published in the Journal of Monetary Economics, the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and the International Economic Review.   


Illenin Kondo is a member of the Notre Dame Team. Kondo is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Notre Dame. Born in Togo, prior to joining Notre Dame in 2017 he was a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, DC. He also taught at Johns Hopkins University while at the Board. His research focuses on the labour market effects of trade reforms, sovereign debt and financial crises in advanced and emerging economies, and the firm dynamics underlying macroeconomic growth. He has worked on the political economy of major highway infrastructure investment and its impact on trade and development. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota, and he also holds a Masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from Supélec - the oldest electrical engineering school in France. 


John Firth is a member of the Notre Dame Team. His research interests lie in development economics, trade, and political economy with work on transportation regulatory policy and its impact on within country trade. Ongoing projects focus on infrastructure policy, foreign bribery laws, and productivity in non-profit organizations.  Firth holds a PhD in Economics from MIT and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. He also worked for two years as an India-based Research Associate with the Jameel Poverty Action Lab.