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Dirk Willenbockel - Research Fellow

Green Transformations; Business, Markets and the State; Rural Futures
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Economist with experience in the areas of trade policy and regional economic integration, climate change impact and adaptation analysis, economics of low-carbon growth, global and regional food system scenario analysis, and fiscal policy analysis. Particular technical expertise in the design and application of computable general equilibrium models for forward-looking development policy analysis.

Previous research and lecturing positions in London and Berlin. Research and consultancy for European Commission, ESRC, EPSRC, BIS, DFID, DEFRA, UK Government Office for Science, GIZ, BMZ, USDA, UNDP, WFP, World Bank, ILO, IFPRI, Oxfam, Save the Children, Practical Action.

This project is looking into the heart of the electricity supply crisis in sub-Saharan Africa.

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The aim of this project is to link the world agricultural model IMPACT housed at IFRI with the global multi-region CGE model GLOBE in order to provide quantitative analyses of the wider implications of agricultural sector scenario projections generated by IMPACT for the rest of the economy, and to enable an assessment of the aggregate welfare effects associated with changes in the agricultural sector that include economy-wide linkage effects.

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The interactions between energy and food production are becoming more important as more developing countries have started to increase energy intensity in agriculture and as energy and food prices are increasingly correlated. This project will shed light on these topics across the developing world.

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The Foresight Project on Global Food and Farming Futures addresses the question: ‘How can a future global population of 9 billion people all be fed healthily and sustainably?'

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This project involves a case-study approach to develop an economywide modeling framework for comparative analysis of climate change adaptation strategies linked to impact models.

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This project used a global trade model to gauge the impact of a slowdown in economic activity in the OECD on trade performance, world prices and aggregate welfare in the rest of the world.

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This project aims to create and strengthen analytical and practical capacity of policy analysis in Ethiopia and to support the government in its endeavours to meet the challenges of the MDGs.

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Pilot project to develop a dynamic multisectoral modelling framework for climate change impact and adaptation policy assessment.

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IDS publications on international development research

Climate Change and Economic Growth: An Intertemporal General Equilibrium Analysis for Egypt

Economic Modelling 52.B (2016)

This study advances the state of the art in country-level computable general equilibrium analysis for climate change impact and adaptation analysis by incorporating forward-looking expectations. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Evidence on the Impact of Tariff Reductions on Employment in Developing Countries: A Systematic Review

Journal of Economic Surveys (2013)

This paper analyses the evidence on the impact of tariff reductions on employment in developing countries. We carry out a systematic review of the existing empirical literature, and include both, ex post econometric evidence and ex ante Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) simulation studies. The synthesis of results suggests that the effects of tariff reductions on employment are country and trade policy specific. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Assessing Uncertainty Along the Climate-Crop-Economy Modeling Chain

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 119.9: 3274-90 (2014)

Agricultural production is sensitive to weather and thus directly affected by climate change. This paper is part of a collective effort to systematically integrate climate, crop and economic models to obtain plausible estimates of these climate change impacts More details

IDS publications on international development research

Why Do Global Long-term Scenarios for Agriculture Differ? An Overview of the AgMIP Global Economic Model Intercomparison.

Agricultural Economics 45.1 (2014)

Artilce illustrating the results of a study where 10 global economic models that produce long-term scenarios compare a reference scenario with alternate socioeconomic, climate change, and bioenergy scenarios using a common set of key drivers. More details

Non-IDS publication

Reflections on the Prospects for Pro-Poor Low-Carbon Growth

Eradicating extreme poverty from the face of the earth once and for all is set to be a central goal of the emerging post-2015 development agenda. Without a rapid transition of the world economy to a low-carbon growth path over the next few decades, this ambitious goal will remain elusive. More details

On the prospects for pro-poor low-carbon growth

28 Apr 2015
By Dirk Willenbockel

The WTO Bali Deal: ‘Doha Lite and Decaffeinated’

11 Dec 2013
By Dirk Willenbockel

On Rio+20, Twitter storms and fossil fuel subsidies

22 Jun 2012
By Dirk Willenbockel

Thematic Expertise:
Climate Change; Low-carbon Development; Economy and Finance; Trade and Growth; Food Security.

Geographic Expertise:
Sub Saharan Africa.