Barbara Kotschwar has been a research associate at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since 2007. Her research focuses on trade, investment, and regional integration. Recent projects include comparative analyses of Latin American experiences with free trade agreements, Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin America, an assessment of Mexico’s economy, and studies on commercial relations between the United States and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) partners. Kotschwar is also adjunct professor of Latin American studies and economics at Georgetown University, where she has taught courses on political economy and trade and integration in the Americas since 1998.
Before joining the Institute, she was chief of the Foreign Trade Information System at the Organization of American States, where she also provided technical and analytical support to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) process in the area of standards and technical barriers to trade in her capacity as senior trade specialist. She has advised Latin American and Caribbean governments on trade-related issues and has worked with multilateral and regional development banks on a variety of trade and development projects.
Her publications include Transportation and Communication Infrastructure in Latin America: Lessons from Asia (PIIE Working Paper 12-6, 2012), Chinese Investment in Latin American Resources: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (PIIE Working Paper 12-3, 2012, with Theodore Moran and Julia Muir); Reengaging Egypt: Options for US-Egypt Economic Relations (with Jeffrey J. Schott, 2010); “Chile-US Free Trade Agreement: A Model to Follow?” in Capitalizing on the Morocco-US Free Trade Agreement: A Road Map to Success, ed. Hufbauer and Brunel (2009); “Mapping Investment Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements: Towards an International Investment Regime?” in Regional Rules in the Global Trading System, ed. Estevadeordal, Suominen, and Teh (Cambridge University Press, 2009); and “Trade and Standards: A Look at Central America,” World Economy 25 (2002): 991–1018 (with Gary Hufbauer and John S. Wilson). She is also coeditor of Trade Rules in the Making: Multilateral and Regional Trade Arrangements (Brookings Institution Press/Organization of American States, 1999) and The Andean Community and the United States: Trade and Investment Relations in the 1990s (Organization of American States, 1998).