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Barbara Kotschwar

World Bank Group

Regionalism in the Americas (05/03/2018 - 06/03/2018)


Barbara Kotschwar is a Senior Private Sector Specialist in the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice at the World Bank. She is regional contact point for Eastern and Southern Africa for the investment policy team and leads the investment policy and promotion (IPP) team workstreams on international investment agreements, regional integration, and investment entry. From 2007 to 2015 she was Research Fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, where her work focused on international trade policy, regional trade agreements and Latin American political economy.  Prior to that she was chief of the Foreign Trade Information System at the Organization of American States, where she also provided technical and analytical support to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) process in the area of standards and technical barriers to trade in her capacity as senior trade specialist. She has advised Latin American and Caribbean governments on trade-related issues and has worked with multilateral and regional development banks on a variety of trade and development projects. She is professor of Latin American studies and economics at Georgetown University, where she has taught courses on political economy and trade and integration in the Americas since 1998. She has a PhD from Johns Hopkins SAIS and undergraduate degrees in economics and political science from McGill University.  

Selected publications

Her publications include: Is Gender Diversity Profitable? Evidence from a Global Survey, (2016 with Marcus Noland and Tyler Moran); Economic Normalization with Cuba: A Roadmap for US Policymakers (2014, with Gary Clyde Hufbauer),Understanding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (2013, with Jeffrey J. Schott and Julia Muir), Transportation and Communication Infrastructure in Latin America: Lessons from Asia (PIIE Working Paper 12-6, 2012), Chinese Investment in Latin American Resources: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (PIIE Working Paper 12-3, 2012, with Theodore Moran and Julia Muir); Reengaging Egypt: Options for US-Egypt Economic Relations (2010, with Jeffrey J. Schott); "Chile-US Free Trade Agreement: A Model to Follow?" in Capitalizing on the Morocco-US Free Trade Agreement: A Road Map to Success, ed. Hufbauer and Brunel (2009); "Mapping Investment Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements: Towards an International Investment Regime?" in Regional Rules in the Global Trading System, ed. Estevadeordal, Suominen, and Teh (Cambridge University Press, 2009); and "Trade and Standards: A Look at Central America," World Economy 25 (2002): 991–1018 (with Gary Hufbauer and John S. Wilson). She is also coeditor of Trade Rules in the Making: Multilateral and Regional Trade Arrangements (Brookings Institution Press/Organization of American States, 1999) and The Andean Community and the United States: Trade and Investment Relations in the 1990s (Organization of American States, 1998).
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