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Masakazu Watanuki

Created: 9/20/2000
Updated: 12/16/2010
Visits: 4,029
Dr. Masakazu Watanuki
senior economic consultant

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Stop No. W0610
1300 New York Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20577
United States
202-623-2949 (ph)
202-623-3030 (fx)

Masakazu Watanuki has been working at the Inter-American Development Bank since 1998, extensively engaged in conducting policy-oriented studies and providing technical support for countries and sub-regional blocs in Latin America and the Caribbean. His areas of expertise include regional integration, trade liberalization, agriculture, poverty and income distribution, food crisis, transport costs, infrastructure, international migration and remittances. He has been an active GTAP member since 2000, and a core member of the regional CGE workshop in Latin America and the Caribbean, launched jointly with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in 2007.

His major publications and contributions include: “New Regionalism in Latin America” and “Market Access”, in Beyond Borders: the New Regionalism in Latin America 2002; “Prospects and challenges for the liberalization of agricultural trade in the Western Hemisphere” in Integrating the Americas (2004), Rockefeller Center of Harvard University; ”Integration options for Mercosur: an quantitative analysis by the AMIDA Model” (2008), Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean, joint work with Getulio Vargas Foundation and Center for International Economics; “Andean countries at a cross roads: evaluating pro-poor trade integration options” in Modeling Public Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean (2010), IDB-ECLAC; “Evaluating the impact of transport costs in Latin America” (2012) and “Measuring the impact of international migration and remittances: will Latin America be a big winner?” (2012).

Before joining the Bank, he has worked as a visiting scholar at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the United States and as a development expert in providing technical assistance and formulating national and regional development plans in many developing countries in Asia and Latin America. He holds a PhD in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

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