Moritz Ritter

Professor Moritz RitterAssociate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
809 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106


Macroeconomics, Labor Economics, International Trade, Search Theory


Moritz Ritter joined the department in the fall of 2009, after completing his doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on macroeconomics and labor economics, in particular the economic importance of search and matching frictions in labor markets. His recent research has studied the role of international trade in the increase in income inequality, as well as specific human capital and search frictions as potential impediments to labor market adjustments after a trade reform. He is also interested in the role of search and matching frictions in other markets, in particular the search-theoretic approach to monetary economics.

At Temple, he teaches macroeconomics at the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as the first course in the graduate sequence in microeconomics.

Selected Publications

  • Inequality and International Trade: The Role of Skill-Biased Technology and Search Frictions, Macroeconomic Dynamics, in press.
  • Trade and Inequality in a Directed Search Model with Firm and Worker Heterogeneity, Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 48(5), December 2015.
  • Offshoring and Occupational Specificity of Human Capital, Review of Economic Dynamics, Vol. 17(4), October 2014.
  • “The Optimum Quantity of Money Revisited: Distortionary Taxation in a Search Model of Money”, The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, 2010, Vol. 10: Issue 1 (Topics).

Courses Taught

  • Econ 1101: Macroeconomics Principles
  • Econ 3502: Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Econ 8001: Microeconomic Analysis
  • Econ 8007: Macroeconomic Theory I