Raymond Robertson was a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development and is a professor of economics and director of the Latin American Studies program at Macalester College. His research focuseed on the effects of globalization on labor markets, particularly in developing countries. Following graduation from Trinity, he spent a year on a Fulbright grant in Mexico City studying the effects of NAFTA. A Social Science Research Council (SSRC) fellowship supported his dissertation field research in Mexico City. As an assistant professor, he was the top-ranked liberal arts assistant professor in economics for publishing. His early research was supported by a three-year Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) grant from the National Science Foundation.
He has published in the American Economic Review, the Review of Economics and Statistics, World Economy, the Journal of International Economics, and other journals. His 2009 co-edited book Globalization, Wages, and Conditions of Work analyzes the link between globalization and wages and non-wage working conditions in Cambodia, Indonesia, El Salvador, Honduras, and Madagascar. His current work focuses on the effects of globalization-induced job displacement in Mexico and the effects of the Better Work program in Cambodia (Better Factories Cambodia).