Thomas Farole

World Bank, USA

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Senior Economist in the World Bank’s Africa Department

Research interest

Trade and industrial policy, foreign direct investment, regional economic development

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Worked in World Bank’s International Trade Department and, prior to joining the World Bank in 2009, Regional Director with the South African consultancy Kaiser Associates Economic Development Partners


PhD Economic Geography, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2009

Selected publications

  • Making Foreign Direct Investment Work for Sub-Saharan Africa: Local Spillovers and Competitiveness in Global Value Chains. Washington, DC: World Bank, 2014 (with D. Winkler).The Internal Geography of Trade: Lagging Regions and Global Markets. Washington, DC: World Bank, 2013.