Alyson Ma

Chair, Economics and Business Economics
Professor of Economics
Alyson Ma
(619) 260-2383
Office Location
Olin Hall 319
  • PhD, University of California, Davis, International Trade and Industrial Organization
  • MS, Oregon State University, Agricultural Resource Economics
  • BA, Boston University, Economics and International Relations
Areas of Expertise

Selected Publications

  • Global Value Chains and Trade-Income Relationship: Implications for the Recent Trade Slowdown, Vox, CEPR
  • Vertical Specialization, Tariff Shirking and Trade
  • China‚Äôs Role in Global Production Networks, Global Value Chains: Impacts and Implications
  • Global Production Networks in the Post-Crisis Era, Managing Openness: Outward-Oriented Growth Strategies after the Crisis
  • Please Pass the Catch-up: The Relative Performance of Chinese and Foreign Firms in Chinese Exports, 1997-2005, China's Growing Role in World Trade


Alyson Ma is a professor of economics in the School of Business Administration. She joined the USD faculty in 2004 after receiving her PhD from the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include international trade, applied microeconomics and industrial organization. She teaches undergraduate courses in microeconomics, industrial organization and business statistics.