Eric Verhoogen is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. His primary research area is industrial development – empirical microeconomic work on firms in developing countries. A common theme is the process of quality upgrading by manufacturing firms, both its causes and its consequences. His work has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, and other journals. He is currently serving as the Vice Dean of SIPA and Co-Director of the Center for Development Economics and Policy at Columbia. He is also currently a Research Program Director of the International Growth Centre and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bureau for Research in the Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD). He was co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics from 2009 to 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.