Staff profile - Cong Pham

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Dr Cong Pham

Position: Lecturer
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business & Law
Department: School of Accounting Economics & Finance
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446611 +61 3 92446611



July 2005: Ph.D. in Economics, Maxwell School of Citizenship and
Public  Affairs, Syracuse University, New York, United States.
July 1997: M.A. in International Relations, Laval University, Quebec,
August 1989: B.A. in International Relations, Institute for International Relations, Hanoi, Vietnam

Ph.D. Thesis Three Essays on the Mobility and Determinants of Trade Patterns
Thesis Co-Advisors: Mary E. Lovely and Devashish Mitra

March 2005-March 2008: Consultant, Development Research Group, the World Bank, Washington D.C. (Working and providing assistance in various research projects such as “Impact of Trade Facilitations on Trade”, “International remittances”, “Trade, Regulations and Growth”…etc)

April 2008 - now: Lecturer in Economics, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.


  • GCHE Exempt, Deakin University, 2008
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Economics), Syracuse University, 2005

Career highlights

From 2005 to 2008 I was working as a Consultant in the Economic Research Department - Trade Group of the World Bank, Washington D.C.

From 2008 - now I am a Lecturer in Economics at the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Deakin University.

Professional activities

I have been working as referee for a number of journals in Economics such as Journal of Economic Geography, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of International Economics, European Economic Review, Canadian Journal of Economics, Economic Record, Economics Letters, Australian Economic Papers, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, International Review of Economics and Finance.

I was also involved in 2008 Econometric Society Australian Meeting as a member of the Conference Organizing Committee and the Academic Program Committee.

From 2013 to July 2014 I was assuming the role of the co-organizer of the Macro Seminar Series.


Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are international trade, introductory econometrics and advanced econometrics.

Subjects and units currently teaching

At Deakin University, I have been teaching MAE 303 International trade to third-year students, MAE 406 Business and Financial Econometrics and MAE 901 Advanced Econometrics to Honour and Ph.D. students.

Knowledge areas

I am an applied econometrician and have research interests in international trade, economic development, Asian economies such as China, India and Vietnam.

My software skills include STATA, GAUSS, Excel, Word, Power Point among others.

My language skills are English, French and Vietnamese (native).

Student supervision

1. U.S. Farm Subsidies and their Impact on the export flows of U.S. states: An Empirical Investigation. (with Lan-Anh TONG and Mehmet ULUBASOGLU).

Media appearances

June 2009, Lloyd's List Australia  - The Daily Commercial News, "Australian Exports : Stuck in a Slow Lane".

August 2010, Lloyd's List Australia - The Dalily Commercial News, "Reefer Cargoes May Rise Owing to WTO Ruling".


Awards and prizes

2008: Excellence Research Award by the School of Accounting, Econmics and Finance, Deakin University, to the Best Research Article (Staff Level A-C).

2009: Excellence Research Award by the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Deakin University, to the Best Research Article (Staff Level A-C).


Research projects

I am currently working on the following research projects:

1. Is China a Threat to Other Exporters? An Empirical Investigation of Trade in Electronics (with Mary E. Lovely, Syracuse University).

2. Arms Trade: An Empirical Investigation of Its Determinants.

3. Estimating the Gravity Equation when Zero Trade Flows are Frequent (with Will Martin, The World Bank).

Research interests

My research interests include empirical international trade, applied econometrics, economic development. I also have interests in Asian economies such as China, India and Vietnam.



A. Journal Publications

1. PHAM Cong S. (2008). "Product Specialization in International Trade: A Further Empirical Investigation". Journal of International Economics, 75(1): 214-218.

2. DJANKOV, Simeon, Caroline FREUND and Cong S. PHAM (2010). "Trading on Time", Review of Economics and Statistics, 92 (1): 166-173.

3. PHAM, Cong S., Mary E. LOVELY and Devashish MITRA. (2014). "The Home-Market Effect and Trade Patterns: A Reexamination of the Evidence". International Review of Economics and Finance, 30: 120-137.

4. HOANG, Xuan-Trung, Cong S. PHAM and Mehmet ULUBASOGLU. "Nonfarm Activity, Household Expenditures and Poverty Reductions in Rural Vietnam 2002-2008." Forthcoming in the World Development.

B. Edited Volumes & Book Chapters

1. MARTIN, Will., Anderson KYM and Cong S. PHAM. (2011). "Effects of GATT/WTO on Asia's Trade". International Institutions and Asian Development, Eds by Shiro AMSTRONG and Thanh T. VO, pg:50-73.

C. Papers Under Review

1. PHAM, Cong S. and Mehmet ULUBASOGLU. "The Role of Endowments, Technology and Size in International Trade: New Evidence from Product-Level Data". Invited for a Revise and Resubmit by the Southern Economic Journal.

2. HOANG, Xuan-Trung., Cong S. PHAM and Mehmet ULUBASOGLU. "The Role of Rice in Poverty Dynamics in Rural Vietnam: 2002-2008". Under review at the Journal of Asia Pacific Economy.

3. Hoang, Xuan-Trung., Cong S. PHAM and Mehmet ULUBASOGLU. "Growth, Inequality and Poverty in Vietnam: How Did the Reforms Help the Poop? 2002-2008".Under review at the Economics of Transition.

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