World Development Report 2008
KYM ANDERSON is a Lead Economist in the International Trade unit of the World Bank's Development Research Group. He obtained his first degrees from the universities of New England and Adelaide in Australia, and Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago and Stanford University respectively. Before joining the World Bank he held academic appointments at the Australian National University (Research Fellow in Economics, 1977-83) and since then at the University of Adelaide (where he was foundation Executive Director of the Centre for International Economic Studies from 1989 and holds a Personal Chair in the School of Economics). During previous extended leave periods he has been a Ford Foundation Visiting Fellow in Seoul (1980-81), Director of the Agricultural Trade Policy Unit at Australia's Department of Trade (1983), a Visiting Fellow at Stockholm's Institute for International Economic Studies (1988), and Counsellor and deputy to the director of research at the GATT (now WTO) Secretariat in Geneva (1990-92). He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the American Agricultural Economics Association, as well as a Research Fellow of Europe's London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research. He is the first economist to have been a WTO Dispute Settlement Panelist (the EU banana case, 1996-2000), and he has taught trade policy courses in various parts of the world for the WBI and ADBI and as a Visiting Professor at the universities of Bern and Nairobi. Having authored more than a dozen books and 200 articles in agricultural, development and international economics, his current research interests include agricultural and other trade policy reforms and their poverty implications, the global economics and political economy of GMOs, and the functioning of the WTO.