Renee Bowen

Assistant Professor of Economics

2013-14 W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow

Arch W. Shaw National Fellow at the Hoover Institution.


Phone: (650) 721-1299


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Academic Areas: Economics

Renee Bowen’s research focuses on International Trade, Political Economy and Microeconomic Theory. In her work she applies dynamic game theoretic models to study the behavior of individuals who are constrained by institutions and who have long-term strategic considerations. Her recent papers examine optimal multilateral trade agreements.


Renee Bowen is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she teaches The International Economy: Policies and Theory. Her current research examines characteristics of dynamic political institutions that yield compromise. Renee received her PhD in Economics from Georgetown University and her BSc in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has been a consultant at the World Bank working on international trade policy for Sub-Saharan Africa, and was an Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan Securities working with emerging markets.

Academic Degrees

Ph.D, Economics, Georgetown University, 2008; MA, Economics, Georgetown University, 2003; BSc, Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000

Professional Experience

At Stanford since 2008

Selected Publications

  • On Dynamic Compromise (with Zaki Zahran): Games and Economic Behavior, 2012, 76, 391-419,
  • Rules with discretion and Local Information (with David Kreps and Andrzej Skrzypacz): Quarterly Journal of Economics, 128(3), 1273-1320, 2013
  • Mandatory Versus Discretionary Spending: the Status Quo Effect (with Ying Chen and Hulya Eraslan): American Economic Review ,

Working Papers

  • 2116: Legislated Protection and the WTO
  • 2085: Forbearance in optimal multilateral trade agreements
  • 2128: Dynamic Coalitions
  • 2115: The Voter's Blunt Tool

Awards and Honors

  • Razin Prize for the Best Dissertation in Economics, 2008, Georgetown University
  • Dissertation Fellowship, 2007, Georgetown University Graduate School
  • Teaching and Research Scholarship, 2002, Georgetown University
  • The John A. Gunn and Cynthia Fry Gunn Faculty Scholar Award, 2010, Stanford University

Courses Taught


  • Center for Global Business and the Economy