Dr. Standaert, Samuel

Assistant Professor
Research Interests 
  • Gravity model of international trade
  • Effects and determinants of regional integration agreements
  • Migration policy
  • Sustainable development
  • Governance indicators
  • Bayesian Econometrics

Master in Economics – Ghent University
Master in Economics – Boston University
Doctor of Economic Sciences – Ghent University
Dissertation: Economic Integration and Corruption: Resolving Measurement Issues and Endogeneity through State-Space Modeling.
Post doctorate – Clemson University and Ghent University


Biographical Statement 

Samuel Standaert obtained a Master in Economics at Ghent University, with a thesis dealing with regional integration in Africa. During his time there, he was an active member of the North-South group, an organization working to further the awareness of development issues among students. In 2009, he obtained a second Master in Economics, this time from Boston University, where he studied with a BAEF-grant. In Boston, he became interested in the topic of corruption and regional integration agreements, which he further pursued during his PhD research back at Ghent University. After the successful defense of his thesis in 2015, he obtained a Marie Skłodowska-Curie scholarship, which enabled him to spend two years in the United States as a visiting associate professor at Clemson University. There, he taught international economics and conducted a research project on the effects of trade agreements.

Since October 2019 Samuel Standaert was appointed assistant professor at Ghent University and at UNU-CRIS. There he works on a variety of topics, including the effects and determinants of regional integration agreements; the gravity model of international trade; sustainable development; Bayesian econometrics; and migration policy. He supervises PhD students working on various projects in the field of regional integration agreements and teaches several courses on economics.