L. Alan Winters

University of Sussex and CEPR, UK, the Global Development Network (GDN), India, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson




United Kingdom


English - Native speaker

Current position

Professor of Economics, University of Sussex, and CEO of the Migrating Out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium, UK

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Director, Development Research Group, The World Bank (2004–2007); Chief Economist, Department for International Development, (DfID) London, UK (2008–2011)

Past positions

Professor of Economics, University of Sussex, UK (1999–); Birmingham (1990–1994); Bangor (1986–1990)


PhD, University of Cambridge, 1978

Selected publications

  • “Seperability and the specification of foreign trade functions.” Journal of International Economics 17 (1984): 239–263.

  • “How regional blocs affect excluded countries: The price effects of MERCOSUR.” American Economic Review 92:4 (2002): 889–904.

  • “Trade liberalisation and economic performance: An overview.” Economic Journal 114:493 (2004): F4–F21.

  • “Trade liberalisation and poverty: The evidence so far.” Journal of Economic Literature XLII (2004): 72–115 (with A. McKay and N. McCulloch).

  • Regional Integration and Development. Oxford University Press for World Bank, 2003 (with M. Schiff). Translated into French, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic.