UC San Diego professor joins Biden economic team

A UC San Diego economics professor has joined the Biden government as a policy advisor on trade and its implications.

Renee Bowen will serve as a senior economist for trading in the for a year Council of Economic Advisers, a White House agency first established in the mid-1940s to help the president assess economic trends and formulate financial plans.

“I am delighted to serve in the Biden Administration by providing economic policy expertise based on data, research and evidence,” Bowen said in a written statement. “I look forward to creating more opportunities to bridge politics and science to help build a better future for the United States and the world.”

Bowen is the director of UCSD’s Center for Trade and Diplomacy and former advisor to the World Bank. Last year she was with Gov. Gavin Newsoms Council of Economic Advisers.

She is an expert in international economics, political economy and microeconomic theory. In the White House, it will focus on trade and its national and international impact, including its impact on supply chains, wages and prices.

“Dr. Bowen’s ongoing research on political economy, microeconomic theory and international trade is valued in high-level decision-making in public policy,” said UCSD Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla in a written statement advising California leaders on the complexities of global economic policy will be of great benefit to the Biden administration and our nation. “

Bowen was born in Kingston, Jamaica and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in civil engineering. She was an investment banking analyst at JP Morgan Securities on Wall Street before returning to Georgetown University for a Masters and PhD in economics.

She was an Associate Professor at Stanford University’s Graduate Business School before joining the faculty of UCSD’s School of Global Policy and Strategy in 2017.

At the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy, she leads researchers and policy forums on topics such as the World Trade Organization, climate change, global economic cooperation, and post-pandemic small business recovery.

Bowen said she expects her stay at the White House will give her – and in turn the university – a better understanding of the role of scientific research in federal policymaking.

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