Kamal Saggi studies the interrelationships between intellectual property rights protection, trade and technology transfer in the global economy and the economic underpinnings of the rules and regulations of the contemporary multilateral trading system as embodied in the major trade agreements of the World Trade Organization and its dispute settlement process. He is the author of Economic Analysis of the Rules and Regulations of the World Trade Organization, published in 2019. His book Technology Transfer, Foreign Direct Investment and the Protection of Intellectual Property, is forthcoming. His articles have been published in the World Trade Review, the Journal of International Economics, the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and the European Economic Review, among other journals
He joined the Vanderbilt University faculty in 2010 as a professor of economics. He served as dean of faculty in the College of Arts and Science from 2018 to 2022, after serving as the college's interim dean in spring 2018. He was chair of the Department of Economics from 2014 to 2016 and director of the Graduate Program in Economic Development from 2010 to 2016.
He began his academic career in the department of economics at Southern Methodist University, where he served as chair of the department of economics from 2006 to 2009 and as the department's director of graduate studies from 2000 to 2006.
Intellectual property protection, trade and technology transfer