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Elhanan Helpman Economist

Elhanan Helpman’s research has contributed to our understanding of balances of payments, exchange rate regimes, stabilization programs and foreign debt. He is best known for his studies of international trade, economic growth and political economy. He is a co-founder of the “new trade theory” and the “new growth theory,” which emphasize the influence of economies of scale and imperfect competition.


BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award, 2014.

Onassis Prize for International Trade, 2012.

Relevant Publications

D.T. Coe and E. Helpman, "International R&D spillovers," Eur. Econ. Rev., vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 859-887, 1995.


E. Helpman, Understanding Global Trade. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011.

E. Helpman, The Mystery of Economic Growth. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004

E. Helpman and P. Krugman, Market Structure and Foreign Trade. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1985.



Distinguished Fellow Institutions, Organizations & Growth


Harvard UniversityDepartment of Economics


PhD (Economics) Harvard University

MA (Economics) Tel Aviv University

BA (Economic) Tel Aviv University


United States

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