Rizki Nauli Siregar

Rizki Nauli Siregar

PhD Candidate in Economics

University of California Davis


I am a PhD Candidate in Economics at UC Davis. My research interests are international trade, labor economics, and spatial economics.

I am on the job market during the 2020-21 academic year. I will be available for interviews at the EEA 2020 Virtual Meeting and the ASSA 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting.

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD in Economics, 2021 (expected)

    UC Davis

  • MA in Economics, 2011

    Boston University

  • BA in Economics, 2009

    Universitas Indonesia

Working Papers

Global Prices, Trade Protection, and Internal Migration: Evidence from Indonesia

[Job Market Paper]

Abstract: I study how regions respond to price shocks in the presence of internal migration. I examine Indonesia in the 2000s as it faced a commodity boom and initiated its trade protection on rice, a staple food for its large population. I use the variation in the potential shares of palm oil and rice sectors across district economies to measure local exposure to shocks. I find that districts exposed to palm oil price shocks had temporarily higher real expenditure per capita compared to the non-exposed ones. These exposed districts also received more migration, providing the evidence that palm oil price shocks were no longer localized. Meanwhile, exposure to rice price shocks did not materialize as higher purchasing power to exposed districts compared to the non-exposed ones. I estimate that the overall welfare increased by 0.39% in Indonesia between 2005 and 2010, and one third of the increase can be accounted for by internal migration.

Understanding the Global Trade and Public Health Regime Complex: A Case Study on Breastfeeding and Commercial Breastmilk Substitutes

with Katheryn Russ, Phillip Baker, Michaela Byrd, Manho Kang, Hammad Zahid, and David McCoy

Work in Progress

Trade, FDI, and Smoking Prevalence

Virtual Migration: Online Labor Markets and Spatial Labor Misallocation

with Samuel Bazzi, Bo Cowgill, and Zoe Cullen
[AEA RCT registry]

Price Divergence in Times of Trade Protection

with Teguh Dartanto

The Determinants of Initial Negotiating Rights


I was an Associate Instructor for ECN 160B “International Macroeconomics” at UC Davis in the Spring of 2019. Here is the syllabus.

Previously, I worked as a Teaching Assistant in the following classes at UC Davis:

  • Money, Banks, and Financial Institution (Dr. Derek Stimel)
  • International Economics Relations (Prof. Deborah Swenson)
  • Economic Development in Weak States (Prof. Arman Rezaee)
  • US Economic History post-Civil War (Dr. Janine Wilson)
  • Economic Development (Prof. Wing Woo, Dr. Janine Wilson)

I also taught as a Lecturer at Universitas Indonesia for the following classes:

  • International Economics
  • Mathematics for Economics


“Ask a Mentor”: Panel and Info Session in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and Digital Projects

Undergraduate Research Center UC Davis (15 Oct 2020)

Reading the Corona: Extraordinary Measures during an Extraordinary Time

The Indonesia Project Australian National University Global Seminar Series (25 March 2020)
Youtube, Slides

Menempuh Pendidikan Doktoral di Amerika Serikat (Preparing for a Doctoral Program in the US)

RISED (8 June 2020)
Youtube, Slides


“Saving lives will save Indonesia’s economy," Asia and the Pacific Policy Society, Policy Forum, 6 April 2020.

“Tobacco industry and ‘Making Indonesia 4.0’," The Jakarta Post, 9 April 2019.

“Why should we use national ships for CPO, coal exports?," The Jakarta Post, 20 March 2018.