Joseph Francois is a Professor of Economics at Johannes Kepler University and he is also a fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London) and the Tinbergen Institute(Amsterdam/Rotterdam), director of the European Trade Study Group and the Institute for International and Development Economics, and a board member of the Global Trade Analysis Project. He serves on the editorial board of the German Economic Review, the Review of Development Economics, and the World Trade Review. He is also a member of the policy advisory group TradePartnership. Past professional incarnations have included professor of economics at Eramsus University Rotterdam, research economist for the World Trade Organization, and chief of research and acting director of economics for the U.S. International Trade Commission. He studied economics at theUniversity of Maryland and the University of Virginia.
He has been an active member of the GTAP network since 1993. Joe is a GTAP research fellow, as well as an at-large member of the GTAP advisory board. He has made numerous contributions, including: theoretical extensions of the basic GTAP model (see his GTAP technical papers), data base contributions, and numerous policy applications.
His current research interests include: trade in services; open economy competition policy and the regulation of firm behaviour; financial market integration; open economy growth and development; economic integration (like EU enlargement and American hemisphere integration schemes); the multilateral trading system (including China’s accession); trade and investment policy under imperfect competition (including the location of industry); uncertainty in computable general equilibrium; the labor market impact of globalization; the role of the service sector (finance, margin and intermediate services, etc.) in trade and development; competition in the service sectors; computational partial and general equilibrium modeling; income distribution in general equilibrium models of trade and competition; and estimation and inference within nonlinear systems (like large scale, multi-sector general equilibrium econometric models).