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Joseph Francois

Created: 9/20/2000
Updated: 11/14/2019
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Dr. Joseph Francois
Professor of Economics

University of Bern, World Trade Institute
Hallerstrasse 6
Bern 3012
+41 (0)31 631 32 70 (ph)

Joseph Francois is Professor of International Economics and Managing Director of the World Trade Institute at the University of Bern. He is also a fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London), at large board member of the Global Trade Analysis Project, co-director (and co-founder) of the European Trade Study Group, managing director of the Institute for International and Development Economics, and director (and co-founder) of the policy advisory group TradePartnership. He is on the editorial boards of the World Trade Review and the Journal of Global Economic Analysis. He has served in the past on the editorial board of the German Economic Review and the Review of Development Economics. He was formerly Professor of Economic Theory at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Professor of International Economic Development at Eramsus University Rotterdam, research economist for the World Trade Organization, and served as research economist and then as Chief of Research and Acting Director of Economics for the U.S. International Trade Commission.

He studied economics at the University of Maryland (Ph.D.) and the University of Virginia (B.A. and M.A.).

He has been an active member of the GTAP network since 1993. Joe has been a GTAP research fellow (1996-1999), and since 1996 serves actively as an at-large member of the GTAP advisory board. He has made numerous contributions, including: theoretical extensions of the basic GTAP model (see his GTAP technical papers and papers in the JGEA), data base contributions, and numerous policy applications.

His current research interests include: trade in services; open economy competition policy and the regulation of firm behaviour; trade and sustainability; financial market integration; open economy growth and development; economic integration (like EU enlargement and American hemisphere integration schemes); the multilateral trading system (including China’s accession); trade and investment policy under imperfect competition (including the location of industry); uncertainty in computable general equilibrium; the labour market impact of globalization; the role of the service sector (finance, margin and intermediate services, etc.) in trade and development; competition in the service sectors; computational partial and general equilibrium modelling; income distribution in general equilibrium models of trade and competition; and estimation and inference within nonlinear systems (like large scale, multi-sector general equilibrium econometric models).

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