William Maloney is the chief economist for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions in the World Bank Group. He has held a number of positions within the organization, including chief economist for Trade and Competitiveness, global lead on Innovation and Productivity, lead economist in the Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America, and lead economist in the Development Economics Research Group.

Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Maloney was a professor of economics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He also was a visiting professor from 2011 to 2014 at the University of the Andes, where he worked closely with the Colombian government on innovation and firm upgrading issues.

He has written on international trade and finance, developing country labor markets, and innovation and growth for a number of academic journals and World Bank publications.

Maloney earned his PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.


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