Ngo Van Long

Academic title(s): 

Professor & James McGill Professor

Contact Information
Email address: 
ngo.long [at]

855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

514-398-4400 Ext 00309
Leacock 314
Curriculum vitae: 

Natural Resource Economics, International Trade

Research interests and contributions to economics

His research covers a wide range of issues in microeconomic theory with specialization in four separate but related fields of economics, stressing their complementarity and intersections:

1. Resources and Environmental Economics

2. Theory of International Trade

3. Theory of Dynamic Optimization and Dynamic Games in Economics

4. Theory of Industrial Organization

Since 1973, he has consistently published articles and books in these four fields, and where possible, emphasizing their complementarity. Long says: "I believe that knowledge should not be compartmentalized, and I encourage my students to work across fields, rather than in a single field. For example, in the study of pricing by internet service providers (field 4), dynamic games (field 3) are crucial to the analysis. Similarly, the strategies for resource-rich nations (field 1) would be best understood in the context of increasing world trade (field 2). In studying the effects of trade on income inequality one cannot ignore the investment in human capital, which is inherently a dynamic process (field 3)."

His recent book, A Survey of Dynamic Games in Economics (World Scientific, 2010), shows in six separate chapters how dynamic games have been successfully applied to six fields: economics of natural resources, environmental economics, international trade and development economics, public economics, industrial organization, and macroeconomics. With its hand-on, user-friendly approach, this book complements the advanced textbook, Dynamic Games in Economics and Management Science, by Dockner, Jorgensen, Long, and Sorger (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

Long notes, "I love the Canadian winter, especially when the temperature is around -30°C. It is my most productive time of the year." [Editor's note: in fact, the mean daytime temperature in January and February, our two coldest months, is -4°C, though it does occasionally drop as low as Long says.]


Ngo Van Long, Professor, PhD, from the Australian National University. Long came to McGill in 1989 after teaching for several years at the A.N.U. A former co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Economics and associate editor of the Journal of International Economics, he is currently associate editor of the Review of International Economics, the International Game Theory Review, and the Journal of Public Economic Theory. He is also on the editorial boards/councils of a number of journals, including the European Journal of Political Economy, the Pacific Economic Review, Mathematical Social Sciences, the Australian Economic Papers, and the Review of Development Economics. Long is a member of several research organizations, including CIRANO, CESifo, CIREQ, and GEC3 (the Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre,

Selected publications: 

Long has published articles in a wide range of journals, including Econometrica, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Theory, the International Economic Review, the Economic Journal, Economic Theory, and field journals such as the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, the Journal of International Economics, the Review of International Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, the Journal of Public Economics, the International Journal of Industrial Organization, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Dynamic Games and Applications, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. For a complete list of his publications, please click the "Curriculum vitae" link (in red) above.

Research areas: 
International Trade
Natural Resource Economics