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Michael Ferrantino

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Michael J. Ferrantino is Lead Economist for Trade Policy in the Macroeconomics, Trade, and Investment Global Practice at the World Bank. Prior to joining the Bank, he was Lead International Economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission, where he served from 1994 to 2013. Michael's published research spans a wide array of topics relating to international trade, including non-tariff measures and trade facilitation, global value chains, the relationship of trade to the environment, innovation, and productivity, and U.S.-China trade. He has taught at Southern Methodist, Youngstown State, Georgetown, American, and George Washington Universities, and partnered on research projects with APEC, OECD, WTO, and the World Economic Forum.  He holds a BA from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Most recently Ferrantino was a core team member on World Development Report 2020: Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains, and on Breaking Out of Fragility:  A Country Economic Memorandum for Diversification and Growth in Iraq (2020).  He is also the editor of COVID-19 Trade Watch, a monthly publication which has monitored fluctuations in goods and services trade and logistics capacity since April 2020.