Joseph Francois

Managing Director of the World Trade Instituta (WTI), University Bern and Professor of International Economics at University Of Bern

Joseph Francois is professor of economics (with a chair in international economics) with the University of Bern, where is also the Managing Director of the World Trade Institute. He is also a fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London), director of the European Trade Study Group and of the Institute for International and Development Economics, research fellow with the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, and a board member of the Global Trade Analysis Project. He serves on the editorial board of the World Trade Review. Past professional incarnations have included chief of research and director of economics for the U.S. International Trade Commission, research economist for the World Trade Organization, professor of international development at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and professor of economics at Johannes Kepler University. He studied economics at the University of Maryland and the University of Virginia. His current research interests include: trade linkages to recession and growth; globalization and inequality; the labor market impact of globalization; trade in services; open economy competition policy and the regulation of firm behavior; financial market integration; the multilateral trading system; trade and investment policy under imperfect competition (including the location of industry); uncertainty in computable general equilibrium; and computational modeling of trade policy. He has published extensively on the global economy, economic policy, and their impacts on economic performance, equity, and sustainability.