Chad P. Bown, The World Bank

Chad P. Bown is a Lead Economist at the World Bank in Washington, DC and a Research Fellow at CEPR in London. 

At the World Bank, Chad conducts research and advises governments on international trade policy as part of the Trade and International Integration (DECTI) team in the Development Research Group. Bown serves on the editorial boards of Economics & Politics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of International Economic Law, Journal of World Trade, Review of International Organizations, and World Trade Review.  He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and he also co-directs, with Petros C. Mavroidis, an annual program of scholars providing and publishing legal-economic assessments of WTO case law and jurisprudence.

Bown’s research interests include the political economy of international trade laws and institutions, trade policy negotiations, and trade disputes, and his work has been published in journals such as The American Economic Review, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics, and Journal of Development Economics. Bown is the author of the book Self-Enforcing Trade: Developing Countries and WTO Dispute Settlement (Brookings Institution Press, 2009), and the co-editor, with Joost Pauwelyn, of The Law, Economics, and Politics of Retaliation in WTO Dispute Settlement (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Bown has recently published an edited volume on the global economic crisis titled The Great Recession and Import Protection: The Role of Temporary Trade Barriers (CEPR and World Bank, 2011). His trade policy monitoring initiatives during 2008-2010 were featured at the time through a series of op-eds and commentary published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and VoxEU, in addition to media reporting by these and other outlets such as The Economist, The Washington Post, Reuters, and BusinessWeek. The monitoring stemmed from a trade policy transparency project he initiated at the World Bank in 2004, resulting in the freely available, Internet-based Global Antidumping Database, which is now part of the World Bank's Temporary Trade Barriers Database.

Bown is formerly a tenured Professor of Economics at Brandeis University, where he began his career and was on the faculty for twelve years with a joint appointment in the Department of Economics and International Business School (IBS). He served as Senior Economist for International Trade and Investment in the White House on President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). Bown has also been the Okun-Model Fellow in Economic Studies and a non-resident Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, and he spent a year in residence as a visiting scholar in Economic Research at the WTO Secretariat in Geneva.

Bown received a B.A. magna cum laude in Economics and International Relations from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy.