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John S. Wilson

Lead Economist

JOHN WILSON is a Lead Economist in the International Trade group in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. He joined the Bank in 1999 and spent two years in the Bank's Infrastructure Vice Presidency. Mr. Wilson currently directs research on trade costs, business facilitation, and economic development. He also provides expertise in lending operations and has worked on projects in the Latin America, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Eastern and Central European regions. Mr. Wilson was also the co-task manager for the Bank on the establishment of the inter-agency Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF). Prior to joining the Bank, he was Vice President for Technology Policy at the Information Technology Industry Council in Washington, D.C. from 1995-99. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for International Economics, a Senior Staff Officer at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences and Engineering and National Research Council, and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University. He has degrees from Wooster College and Columbia University in New York.

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The effect of product standards on agricultural exports from developing countries (English)

The authors create a standards restrictiveness index using newly available data on maximum residue levels of pesticides for 61 importing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6518 JUN 01, 2013

Ferro, Esteban; Wilson, John S.; Otsuki, Tsunehiro

Food standards and exports : evidence from China (English)

Using a new database on Chinese food standards, this paper estimates the impact of volunta-ry and mandatory standards on its agricultural and food exports. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5976 FEB 01, 2012

Mangelsdorf, Axel; Portugal-Perez, Alberto; Wilson, John S.

Unfinished Business? The WTOapos;s Doha Agenda (English)

This book examines the state and the fate of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). The volume has three key objectives: to provide qualitative and quantitative information about the implications of what is currently on the table; to examine controversial areas where further progress might be made; and to identify lessons that might be of use for future negotiations. ... See More +

Publication 65456 NOV 01, 2011

Martin, Will; Mattoo, Aaditya; Winkler, Deborah; Laborde, David; Blandford, David; Josling, Tim; Borchert, Ingo; Gootiiz, Batshur; Bouët, Antoine; Grant, Jason; Meilke, Karl; Taylor, Benjamin J.; Wilson, John S.; Hoekman, Bernard; van der Mensbrugghe, Dominique; Anderson, Kym; Nelgen, Signe; Brown, Chad P.; Prusa, Thomas J.; Subramanian, Arvind

Aid to the services sector : does it affect manufacturing exports ? (English)

This paper evaluates the impact of foreign aid to five service sectors (transportation, information and communications technologies, energy, banking/financial services, and business services) on exports of downstream manufacturing sectors in developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5728 JUL 01, 2011

Ferro, Esteban; Portugal-Perez, Alberto; Wilson, John S.

Foreign aid and business bottlenecks : a study of aid effectiveness (English)

This paper proposes a new framework to analyze aid effectiveness. Using World Bank firm survey data and OECD aid flow data, the authors analyze whether aid targets areas that firms in developing countries have identified as obstacles for their growth and whether aid actually improves firmsapos; perceptions of those areas. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5546 JAN 01, 2011

Ferro, Esteban; Wilson, John S.

Do private inspection programs affect trade facilitation ? (English)

Private inspection of international shipments has been used over the last half-century for a variety of purposes. These include prevention of capital flight and improvement of import duty collection, among others. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5515 DEC 01, 2010

Velea, Irina; Cadot, Olivier; Wilson, John S.

Aid for trade : an action agenda looking forward (English)

The current post-crisis environment and fragile economic recovery increases the importance of aid for trade. Global rebalancing and tightened fiscal budgets in the short to medium term also place renewed emphasis on aid effectiveness. ... See More +

Brief 56057 AUG 01, 2010

Hoekman, Bernard; Wilson, John S.

Aid for trade : building on progress today for tomorrowapos;s future (English)

Since 2005, donors and development agencies have increased the overall value of aid for trade and put in place several mechanisms to channel such aid and to ensure that it targets national priorities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5361 JUL 01, 2010

Hoekman, Bernard; Wilson, John S.

Export performance and trade facilitation reform : hard and soft infrastructure (English)

The authors estimate the impact of aggregate indicators of quot;softquot; and quot;hardquot; infrastructure on the export performance of developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5261 APR 01, 2010

Portugal-Perez, Alberto; Wilson, John S.

Time as a determinant of comparative advantage (English)

It is assumed that added time to export adds cost to and lowers the volume of trade. Time delays may also affect the composition of trade and can disproportionately reduce trade in time-sensitive goods. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5128 NOV 01, 2009

Li , Yue; Wilson, John S.

Aid for trade facilitation (English)

Does foreign aid spent on trade facilitation increase trade flows of developing countries? There is an on-going and high profile discussion of aid-for-trade associated with the Doha negotiations of the World Trade Organization. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5064 SEP 01, 2009

Helble, Matthias; Mann, Catherine; Wilson, John S.

Weathering the storm : investing in port infrastructure to lower trade costs in East Asia (English)

The world economic crisis of 2008 presents clear challenges to prospects for economic growth in developing countries. This is particularly true for emerging economies in East Asia that have relied to a great extent over the past decade on export-led growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4911 APR 01, 2009

Abe, Kazutomo; Wilson, John S.

Beyond the information technology agreement : harmonization of standards and trade in electronics (English)

Product standards can have a dual impact on production and trade costs. Standards may impose additional costs on exporters as it may be necessary to adapt products for specific markets (cost-effect). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4916 APR 01, 2009

Portugal-Perez, Alberto; Reyes, Jose-Daniel; Wilson, John S.

Expanding trade within Africa : the impact of trade facilitation (English)

This paper examines the impact of trade facilitation on intra-African trade. The authors examine the role of trade facilitation reforms, such as increased port efficiency, improved customs, and regulatory environments, and upgrading services infrastructure on trade between African countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4790 DEC 01, 2008

Njinkeu, Dominique; Wilson, John S.; Fosso, Bruno Powo

Governance, corruption, and trade in the Asia Pacific region (English)

This paper examines the impact of reducing corruption and improving transparency to lower trade costs in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation region. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4731 SEP 01, 2008

Abe, Kazutomo; Wilson, John S.

Why trade facilitation matters to Africa ? (English)

This paper reviews data and research on trade costs for Sub-Saharan African countries. It focuses on: border-related costs, transport costs, costs related to behind-the border issues, and the costs of compliance with rules of origin specific to preferential trade agreements. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4719 SEP 01, 2008

Portugal-Perez, Alberto; Wilson, John S.

Trade facilitation and the Doha agenda : what matters for development (English)

The establishment of a mechanism to coordinate and monitor the progress of trade facilitation efforts complements the success of a new agreement on trade facilitation in the Doha Development Agenda. ... See More +

Brief 45159 JUL 01, 2008

Taylor, Benjamin J.; Wilson, John S.

Deeper integration in ASEAN : why transport and technology matter for trade (English)

New initiatives to close the development gap and expand trade among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are at the forefront of the policy discussion. ... See More +

Brief 45151 JUL 01, 2008

Wilson, John S; Taylor, Benjamin J.

Harmonized international standards do matter to developing country exports (English)

Standards and technical regulations are an increasingly prominent part of the international trade policy debate. As many of the least-developed countries have duty-free access to major developed-country markets, the trade effects of non-tariff barriers have assumed greater importance. ... See More +

Brief 45154 JUL 01, 2008

Wilson, John S.; Taylor, Benjamin J.;

Transparency reform could raise trade by $148 billion in APEC (English)

The members of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are rapidly approaching the Bogor Declarationapos;s deadline for free trade and investment for industrialized members by the year 2010. ... See More +

Brief 45161 JUL 01, 2008

Wilson, John S.; Taylor, Benjamin J.;

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The effect of product standards on agricultural exports from developing countries (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 WPS6518 Policy Research Working Paper
Food standards and exports : evidence from China (English)
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FEB 01, 2012 WPS5976 Policy Research Working Paper
Unfinished Business? The WTOapos;s Doha Agenda (English)
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NOV 01, 2011 65456 Publication
Aid to the services sector : does it affect manufacturing exports ? (English)
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JUL 01, 2011 WPS5728 Policy Research Working Paper
Foreign aid and business bottlenecks : a study of aid effectiveness (English)
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JAN 01, 2011 WPS5546 Policy Research Working Paper
Do private inspection programs affect trade facilitation ? (English)
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DEC 01, 2010 WPS5515 Policy Research Working Paper
Aid for trade : an action agenda looking forward (English)
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AUG 01, 2010 56057 Brief
Aid for trade : building on progress today for tomorrowapos;s future (English)
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JUL 01, 2010 WPS5361 Policy Research Working Paper
Export performance and trade facilitation reform : hard and soft infrastructure (English)
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APR 01, 2010 WPS5261 Policy Research Working Paper
Time as a determinant of comparative advantage (English)
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NOV 01, 2009 WPS5128 Policy Research Working Paper
Aid for trade facilitation (English)
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SEP 01, 2009 WPS5064 Policy Research Working Paper
Weathering the storm : investing in port infrastructure to lower trade costs in East Asia (English)
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APR 01, 2009 WPS4911 Policy Research Working Paper
Beyond the information technology agreement : harmonization of standards and trade in electronics (English)
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APR 01, 2009 WPS4916 Policy Research Working Paper
Expanding trade within Africa : the impact of trade facilitation (English)
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DEC 01, 2008 WPS4790 Policy Research Working Paper
Governance, corruption, and trade in the Asia Pacific region (English)
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SEP 01, 2008 WPS4731 Policy Research Working Paper
Why trade facilitation matters to Africa ? (English)
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SEP 01, 2008 WPS4719 Policy Research Working Paper
Trade facilitation and the Doha agenda : what matters for development (English)
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JUL 01, 2008 45159 Brief
Deeper integration in ASEAN : why transport and technology matter for trade (English)
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JUL 01, 2008 45151 Brief
Harmonized international standards do matter to developing country exports (English)
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JUL 01, 2008 45154 Brief
Transparency reform could raise trade by $148 billion in APEC (English)
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JUL 01, 2008 45161 Brief