Ben Shepherd

Principal, Developing Trade Consultants

Ben Shepherd, the Principal of Developing Trade Consultants, is a trade economist and international development consultant. He has worked on a wide range of trade and development issues with organizations such as the World Bank, the OECD, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. He specializes in providing policy-relevant research, as well as capacity-building seminars for researchers working in trade and development. He has published more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals, and a similar number of book chapters.

Ben’s particular areas of expertise include:

  • Trade Policy
  • Global Value Chains
  • Trade Facilitation and Logistics
  • Trade in Services

Prior to starting DTC, Ben was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from France’s leading public policy school, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He has also completed graduate studies at Cambridge University in the UK, and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.


25 October 2018
Discrimination based on gender or marital status is yet to be prohibited in areas relevant to women’s use of financial services in many countries. Firm-level data show that women-owned and -run firms differ significantly from other firms in terms of their ability to access financial services, and...
25 November 2016
Global value chains are an important new reality in the world economy. But can increased GVC activity in developing countries generated by trade facilitation help promote economic, social, and environmental sustainability, as embodied in the UN Sustainable Development Goals? This blog post argues...

Bridges news

10 July 2017
D’importantes interventions ont été faite par le biais de l’aide pour le commerce dans le secteur des services. À l’avenir, néanmoins, il faudrait mettre davantage l’accent sur les réformes réglementaires et sur le renforcement des capacités productives plutôt qu’exclusivement sur les dépenses d’...
10 July 2017
Aid for trade has made important interventions in services sectors, but going forward, there needs to be more emphasis on regulatory reform and building productive capacity, rather than just infrastructure spending. The services economy is already large in developing countries, typically at least...
30 May 2017
Quelles sont les implications de l’entrée en vigueur de l’Accord sur la facilitation des échanges (AFE) de l’OMC pour les efforts des pays africains en vue de rejoindre les chaînes de valeur mondiales (CVM) et de progresser au sein de celles-ci ? L’Accord sur la facilitation des échanges (AFE) de l...
17 May 2017
How does the entry into force of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in February 2017 affect African countries’ efforts to join and move up global value chains (GVCs)? The WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) provides a new global benchmark for customs and border procedures. Its...