Youssef Ait Benasser
Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics
Division of History and Social Sciences
Born in Rabat, Morocco, Youssef A. Benasser (they/he) received a B.A. in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris, and a MSc in Economics and Public Policy from Ecole Polytechnique (X), prior to completing their PhD at the University of Oregon. Influenced by postcolonial critics of the Bretton-Wood international economic system and the Third World's quest for an alternative economic project, Dr. Benasser’s research focuses on an empirical assessment of the institutional parameters and policy properties that govern the international trade system. Specifically, they combine applied econometric methods and international trade and macroeconomic theories to study the impact of policy uncertainty, reversals, and competition on the global flow of goods and money. Passionate about teaching and pedagogy, they have been involved in higher education for over 6 years, teaching independently at the university level in the U.S. and France. Their courses span macroeconomics and econometrics, at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced level. Prior to joining the faculty at Reed, Dr. Benasser held several analytical roles in the financial industry and government focusing on risk and policy evaluation.