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immigration, emigration, migration, trade, new new trade theory, foreign direct investment, autocracies, international political economy, gender
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About Me

Margaret Peters is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at UCLA.  Her research focuses broadly on international political economy with a special focus on the politics of migration.  Her book, Trading Barriers, argues that the increased ability of firms to produce anywhere in the world combined with growing international competition due to lowered trade barriers has led to greater limits on immigration.  She is currently working on projects about how emigration can help spread democracy to developing country or stabilize autocracies depending on where the migrants go and projects on the migration choices of humanitarian migrants from Syria, Iraq, and Central America.

Recent Publications

2017. Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Forthcoming. “Escape Through Exports? Women-Owned Enterprises, Domestic Discrimination, and Global Markets” QJPS. –with Iain Osgood

2015 “Open Trade, Closed Borders: Immigration Policy in the Era of Globalization.” World Politics 67(1): 114-154.

2014. “Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, and Immigration Policy Making in the United States.”  International Organization 68(4): 811-844.


Media Coverage The Panama Papers revealed lots of shady stuff. But some shell corporations aren’t so bad.

Duck of Minerva: Want to Help the Refugees? Teach Migration as Part of IR

Country Focus
US, Singapore, the Netherlands, Syria, Iraq

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