Bernard Hoekman

Bernard Hoekman is Director of Global Economics at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (Global Governance Programme) at the European University Institute; and a CEPR Research Fellow. Prior positions at the World Bank include Director of the International Trade Department; Research Manager of the trade team in the Development Research Group; task leader of the trade capacity building program of the World Bank Institute. During the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations he worked as a research economist in the GATT Secretariat (1988-93). He has published widely on the multilateral trading system and economic development, trade in services, and preferential trade agreements.. He is a graduate of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan and is Senior Associate of the Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey.

Content by Bernard Hoekman
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Firm performance and participation in public procurement: Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa

    Public procurement of goods and services accounts for more than 10 percent of GDP in many African countries meaning that governments are an important source of demand. This study uses firm-level data from 19 sub-Saharan African countries to assess the productivity performance of firms participating in public procurement. The findings suggest that companies that...

    9 Mar 2018 | Bernard Hoekman, Marco Sanfilippo

  • Project

    Government demand and firm performance: New evidence for sub-Saharan African Countries

    This project seeks to analyse the role of public procurement as a determinant of firm performance in developing countries. Public procurement is increasingly being employed as an industrial policy tool by East African countries (and developing countries more generally) searching to upgrade domestic industrial capabilities and spur innovation while promoting sustainable...

    18 Jan 2018 | Bernard Hoekman, Marco Sanfilippo

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Services trade policies in the East African Community and merchandise exports

    16 Jun 2016 | Bernard Hoekman, Ben Shepherd

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Services, firm performance, and exports: The case of the East African Community

    6 Apr 2016 | Bernard Hoekman, Ben Shepherd

  • Project

    Services, firm performance, and exports

    Recent research has analysed the links between services sector trade and investment policies and the impact of liberalisation of services trade barriers on the productivity of manufacturing. Francois and Hoekman (2010) and Christen, Francois, and Hoekman (2013) survey much of the extant literature in this area. This direction of research has revealed that sector-level...

    4 Sep 2015 | Bernard Hoekman, Ben Shepherd

  • Blog post

    Reducing trade costs

    The experience of East Asian countries as well as other economies that have successfully used trade to sustain high rates of economic growth over a long period illustrates the high payoff of efforts to lower formal trade costs. Specific efforts to reduce trade costs should become the of focus of international development cooperation

    13 Mar 2015 | Bernard Hoekman, Ben Shepherd