L Alan Winters is Professor of Economics in the University of Sussex. He is a Research Fellow and former Programme Director for International Trade at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London and a Fellow of IZA, Bonn. From 2008 to 2011 he was Chief Economist at the British government’s Department for International Development (DFID), and from 2004 to 2007 Director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank. He has previously worked as Division Chief and Research Manager (1994-99) and Economist (1983-85) in the World Bank and in the Universities of Cambridge, Bristol, Bangor and Birmingham. He has been editor of the World Bank Economic Review, associate editor of the Economic Journal, and is now editor of The World Trade Review, and he serves on several other editorial boards. He is Chief Executive Officer of the Migrating Out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium (based in Sussex and funded by DFID), Chairman of the Board of the Global Development Network and a member of the Council of the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. He has also advised, inter alia, the OECD, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Commission, the European Parliament, UNCTAD, the WTO, and the Inter-American Development Bank. He was made a Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in 2012.
L. Alan Winters specialises on empirical and policy analysis of international trade. His one hundred and seventy published books and articles cover areas such as regional trading arrangements, non-tariff barriers, European Integration, East-West trade, global warming, agricultural protection, trade and poverty, and the world trading system. He is currently working on trade and the location of industry in the UK and Europe (ESRC), trade liberalisation and poverty (DfID), the brain drain (DfID), temporary migration and the world trading system.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2005.