Helble, Matthias


Matthias Helble is an ADBI Adjunct Fellow and Economist at the Asian Development Bank and previously was a senior research fellow at ADBI until September 2018. He also served as the co-chair of ADBI's Research Department before taking up his appointment with ADB. His research interests include international trade, health, environment, and urban economics. His work has been published in flagship reports of international organizations such as the World Trade Organization's World Trade Report, as well as in numerous books and scientific journals, including the Review of World Economics, Kyklos, Journal of World Trade, World Economy, Japan and the World Economy, Health & Place, Health Policy & Planning, and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. His columns and policy work have been published and cited in prominent international media such as the Associate Press, BBC, Jakarta Post, Nikkei Asian Review, and VoxEU. He also teaches regularly at Hitotsubashi University and the University of Tokyo. Matthias began his professional career in the trade team of the Development Research Group of the World Bank in Washington, DC, before joining the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was responsible for research on the intersection of trade and health. He then worked as an economist for the World Trade Organization in the areas of environment, climate change, and technical standards. Prior to coming to Tokyo, he managed the statistics program, including a project on big data together with the United Nations Global Pulse, of the United Nations' Universal Postal Union in Bern. He holds degrees in economics from the University of Tübingen (BA, MSc) in Germany, the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA) in the United States, and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (MSc, PhD) in Geneva. During his doctoral studies he was a research fellow at Yale University. Matthias is fluent in German, English, French, and Spanish. He has good knowledge of Portuguese and speaks basic Japanese.

Asian Development Bank
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ADB Institute Adjunct Fellow and concurrently ADB Research Economist

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Last updated June 9, 2020