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Barbara Ramos

Lecturer in International Economics
Program: Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP)

Barbara Ramos

Lecturer in International Economics
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  • Ph.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • M.A., University of Brasilia
  • B.A., University of Brasilia

Barbara Ramos, lecturer in international economics, specializes in international trade theory. Her academic research focuses on the impact of behind-the-border costs, particularly those cause by infrastructure, on trade performance. In addition to her lecturing activities at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, Barbara serves as the knowledge manager for the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, based at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. She has previously worked as a trade specialist at the African Development Bank, based in Tunis, and the Inter-American Development Bank, in Washington D.C. 

Barbara graduated from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she earned both her Ph.D. and her MALD with funding from Fundação Estudar and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. She also holds a M.A. and a B.A. from the University of Brasilia, Brazil, her country of origin.

Areas of expertise
Economic Development
Globalization & Trade
Professional Activities
  • Knowledge Lead, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (2018 – Present)
  • Consultant, Integration and Trade Sector, Inter-American Development Bank (2012/2016)
  • Trade Specialist, Trade and Regional Integration Department, African Development Bank (2009/2011)
Research Interests

International Trade

Regional Integration

Trade Facilitation


LAC’s Journey to Integration: How and How Far Did It Go? (with Paolo Giordano, Jeremy Harris, Krista Lucenti and Mauricio Mesquita Moreira). In Connecting the Dots: A Road Map for Better Integration in Latin America and the Caribbean, ed. Mauricio Mesquita Moreira, 2018.

The Potential of Electronic Commerce. In Trade and Integration Monitor 2017: Beyond the Recovery: Competing for Market Share in the Digital Era. Washington, D.C.: Inter-American Development Bank, 2017.

Infrastructure and Welfare. Paper selected for presentation at the Midwest Economic Theory and International Trade Conference (April 15-17). University of Rochester, NY, 2016.

South-South Trade in Latin America: Cyclical Trend or Permanent Feature?(with Paolo Giordano). Georgetown Journal of International Affairs 15, no. 2, 2014.

Trade and Economic Integration (with Antoni Estevadeordal and Paolo Giordano). In Routledge Handbook of Latin America in the World, ed. Jorge Domínguez and Ana Covarrubias, 2014.

Trade and Integration Monitor 2013: After the Boom - Prospects for Latin America and the Caribbean in South-South Trade. (with Paolo Giordano, Jeremy Harris and Alejandro Ramos). Washington, D.C.: Inter-American Development Bank, 2013.