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The Bologna Institute for Policy Research | Scholar Profile | William Hynes

William Hynes
Adjunct Professor of International Development
Head of the New Approaches to Economic Challenges Unit, Office of the Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris, France


Geographic Areas
United States

Economic Development
International Economics
International Trade Theory and Policy
Political Economy
Political Economy & Development

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Background and Education
William Hynes is the Head of the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) Unit in the Office of the Secretary General at the OECD. NAEC crafts a systemic perspective on inter-related global challenges, develops new analytical tools and techniques to understand them and narratives to convey them to policymakers and the public. He previously held the Senior Economist position in NAEC and acted as an Advisor (G20 Finance Track) in the Sherpa and Global Governance Unit. Between 2009 and 2014, he was a policy analyst in the Development Cooperation Directorate working on issues such as Official Development Assistance, Aid for Trade and Green Growth and Sustainability. Prior to this Hynes was an Economic Affairs Officer in the Office of the Deputy Director-General and the Trade and Finance Division at the World Trade Organisation.

He holds a doctorate from Oxford University and was a Marie Curie Fellow at the London School of Economics. He has lectured at Sciences Po, Wadham College, Oxford and Trinity College Dublin.

Other Publications
"A Pluralistic Approach to Public Policy: the case of the OECD's New Approaches to Economic Challenges Initiative," (with Lucie Cerna) in International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education (forthcoming); "Resilience at OECD: Current State and Future Directions," (with Igor Linkov, Kelsey Poinsatte-Jones, Benjamin D. Trump, and Patrick Love) in IPEE Engineering Management Review (forthcoming); "What future for the Global Aid for Trade Initiative? Towards a fair assessment of its achievements and limitations," (with Patrick Holden) in Development Policy Review 34 (4) 593-619 (2016); "Commodity market disintegration in the interwar period," (with David Jacks and Kevin O'Rourke) in European Review of Economic History 16(2), 119-143 (2012); "To what extent were economic factors important in the separation of the south of Ireland from the United Kingdom and what was the economic impact?" in Cambridge Journal of Economics (2014).




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