Associate Professor Drusilla Brown

For the past twenty years, I have led a research team at Tufts University that conducts randomized controlled field experiments on various interventions designed to improve conditions of work in global supply chains, particularly in industries such as apparel dominated by women. Our ranges from social compliance to health interventions.


Professor Brown was appointed Assistant Professor at Tufts University in 1985 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1992. Her primary area of research is in the application of large scale general equilibrium models to the study of international economic integration in the Western Hemisphere. Professor Brown has also undertaken research on trade policy concerning international labor standards and child labor. Recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Economics PerspectivesThe World Economy and the Review of International Economics.



  • Ph.D., University of Michigan


Applied General Equilibrium Models, International Trade Policy, International Labor Standards, Child Labor

Areas of expertise:

labor standards, social compliance, apparel industry, high performance workplace systems, sexual harassment, workplace training


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United States
Associate Professor
Department of Economics
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