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Robert L Thompson

Created: 9/26/2005
Updated: 5/9/2010
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Dr. Robert L Thompson
Professor Emeritus

University of Illinois
631 D St., NW, #132
Washington, DC 20004-2914
United States
202-652-1313 (ph)

ROBERT L. THOMPSON held the Gardner Endowed Chair in Agricultural Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2004 to 2010. He retired in May 2010. He continues to participate actively in the global debate on WTO agricultural trade issues as a member of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade and the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council, . From 1998 through 2002 he was at the World Bank where he served as Director of Rural Development and as Senior Advisor for Agricultural Trade Policy. Prior to joining the World Bank, he served as President and CEO of the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development (1993-98); as Dean of Agriculture (1987-93) and Professor of Agricultural Economics (1974-93) at Purdue University; as Assistant Secretary for Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (1985-87) and as Senior Staff Economist for Food and Agriculture at the President's Council of Economic Advisers (1983-85). He is a past president of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. He is a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and of the Ukrainian Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

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