Joseph Michael Finger

Former Chief of the Trade Policy Research Group at the World Bank

Joseph Michael Finger has worked on international issues at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Geneva), the US Treasury Department and the World Bank. Since retiring from the World Bank he has served as since served as Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; as consultant to developing country governments, to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, the U.N. Millennium Project Task Force on Trade, the UK Department for International Development and the Asian Development Bank.

Dr. Finger held the chair of Vernon F. Taylor Distinguished Professor of Economics, Trinity University, San Antonio, in 2004 and 2005, and has taught at the China Foreign Affairs University, the University of Berne, the Stockholm School of Economics, the Univ. of Adelaide, the Univ. of N. Carolina and Duke University.
He is known for seminal work in several areas of international economics:

§ how the law and the economics of the GATT/WTO system relates to development,

§ trade management instruments and their national governance,

§ the commercial value of intellectual property in poorer communities,

§ aid-for-trade; trade facilitation, the coordination of development support and the rules-making function of the WTO.

Dr. Finger is author or editor of nine books, the most recent of which is Sustaining Trade Reform (co-authored with Elias A. Baracat, Raúl Leon Thorne and Julio J. Nogués)  He is also author or co-author of some 170 articles and reviews.

Bridges news

10 July 2014
Este artigo analisa as principais políticas comerciais adotadas pelos governos Kirchner e sustenta que o protecionismo empreendido pela Argentina, além de ignorar as regras multilaterais de comércio, é um dos principais responsáveis pelo atraso econômico observado no país desde a década de 1940.
10 March 2014
Neste artigo, os autores argumentam que, para que o Acordo de Facilitação do Comércio assinado em Bali tenha o impacto pretendido, é preciso que suas normas sejam traduzidas em termos operacionais nas instituições nacionais. Nesse sentido, os autores ressaltam que os acordos de livre comércio assinados por PEDs e PMDRs têm auxiliado na construção de tais instituições.