Patrick Low

Dr Patrick Low is Asia Global Institute Fellow and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at The University of Hong Kong. Prior to that he was the Vice President of Research at the Fung Global Institute. He served as Chief Economist at the World Trade Organization from 1997 to 2013, having previously worked at the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Secretariat from 1980 to 1987. After joining the WTO in 1995, he worked on trade in services for two years before his appointment as Chief Economist.

From 1999 to 2000 he also served as World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General Mike Moore’s Chief of Staff. Between leaving the GATT and joining the WTO, Dr Low taught economics at El Colegio de México in Mexico City, from 1987 to 1990, and during this time worked as a consultant for a range of governments and inter-governmental institutions. From 1990 to 1994 he worked as a senior economist in the World Bank’s research complex (International Trade Division). His main areas of research at the Bank were trade policy, trade and the environment, fiscal policy and customs reform.

Dr Low was also an Adjunct Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, during his tenure as Chief Economist at the WTO. He taught two courses there, one on trade theory and the theory of trade policy, and the other on the economics of the environment, trade and climate change. Dr Low  holds a BA in Economics from the University of Kent and a PhD in Economics from Sussex University, both in the UK, and has written widely on a range of trade policy issues.

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    • The Economist: Cities of industry (4 July 2014)
    • Climbing Up the Value Chain: What Role for Policy?
    • Low Patrick and Aaditya Mattoo "Approaches to Further Liberalization of Trade in Services" in Will Martin and Mari Pangestu (eds.) Options for Global Trade Reform: A View from the Asia-Pacific, Cambridge University Press, 2003
    • Low Patrick, WTO Decision-Making for the Future, WTO Working Papers series: ERSD-2011-05
    • Low Patrick, Gabrielle Marceau and Julia Reinaud, The Interface Between the Trade and Climate Change Regimes: Scoping the Issues, WTO Working Papers series: ERSD-2011-01
    • Low Patrick, "The Treatment of Subsidies in the WTO Framework" in Claus Dieter Ehlermann and Michelle Everson (eds.), European Competition Law Annual 1999: Selected Issues in the Field of State Aids, Hart Publishing, 2001
    • Capling Ann and Patrick Low (eds.) Governments, Non-State Actors and Trade Policy-Making: Negotiating Preferentially or Multilaterally, Cambridge University Press, 2010
    • Low Patrick and Marina Murina "Managing Cooperation on Climate Change: What Can We Learn from the WTO?", Journal of International Trade and Development, Vol. 19, 2010
    • Low Patrick, Roberta Piermartini and Jurgen Richering, "Non-Reciprocal Preference Erosion Arising from MFN Liberalization in Agriculture: What Are the Risks?" in Hoekman, B., Martin, W., Primo Braga, C., Trade Preference Erosion: Measurement and Policy Response, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
    • Low, Patrick, "Potential Future Functions of the World Trade Organization", Global Governance 2009, 15 (3), 327-334
    • Low Patrick and Roy Santana "Trade Liberalization in Manufactures: What Is Left After the Doha Round?" The Journal of International Trade and Diplomacy Vol.3 No.1, Spring, P. 63-126 2009
    • Baldwin, Richard, Simon Evenett and Patrick Low, "Beyond Tariffs: Multilateralizing Non-Tariff RTA Commitments" in Baldwin, R. and Low, P. (eds.), Multilateralizing Regionalism, Cambridge University Press, 2009
    • Baldwin Richard and Patrick Low (eds.), Multilateralizing Regionalism, Cambridge University Press, 2009
    • Low Patrick, Roberta Piermartini and Jurgen Richering, "Multilateral Solutions to the Erosion of Non-Reciprocal Preferences", in Hoekman, B., Martin, W., Primo Braga, C., Trade Preference Erosion: Measurement and Policy Response, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
    • Low Patrick, "Regionalism: Challenges for the WTO", mimeo, Paper for ADBI and CTEI/HEID Conference on Multilateralizing Asian Regionalism, Tokyo, 18-19 September 2008
    • Low Patrick, "Is the WTO Doing Enough for Developing Countries?", Bermann, G. and Mavroidis P. (eds.) WTO Law and Developing Countries, Cambridge University Press, 2007
    • Gallagher Peter, Patrick Low and Andrew Stoler (eds.), Managing the Challenges of WTO Participation: 45 Case Studies, Cambridge University Press, 2006
    • Keck Alexander and Patrick Low Special and Differential Treatment in the WTO: Why, When and How? WTO Working Paper Series ERSD-2004.03, 2004
    • Low Patrick, "Developing Countries in the Multilateral Trading System: The Insights of Robert E. Hudec", Journal of World Trade, Vol. 37 No. 4, August 2003

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