Adam Chilton's primary research and teaching interests focus on international political economy—that is, how legal and political considerations influence the policies that countries adopt to regulate flows of people (i.e. migration), money (i.e. investment), and goods (i.e. trade). This includes studying why countries sign treaties and adopt laws on these topics, whether countries comply with their international and domestic legal commitments, and whether those choices improve countries’ welfare.
Asst. Prof. Chilton’s research has appeared in leading peer reviewed political science and law & economics journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the American Law & Economics Review, and the Journal of Law and Economics.