Katherine Stapleton

About me

I am an economist working on international trade, emerging technologies, development and climate policy. I am currently Country Economist for China in the World Bank's Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice. I joined the World Bank in 2020 and have since worked in the Development Economics Research Group's Trade and International Integration unit and as Country Economist for Ghana.

In September 2020 I completed my PhD in Economics from Oxford University. I am a Visiting Researcher at Oxford University's Center for the Study of African Economies and an External Research Fellow at the UK's Institute for the Future of Work. I was previously a Visiting Researcher at Stanford's Department of Economics, a Fellow of the Pathways for Prosperity Commission and a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute. I am also passionate about using data science and machine learning to tackle environmental and social challenges and was previously a Program Director for the Rhodes AI Lab and on the Climate Change AI team.


Automation, trade and multinational activity: Micro evidence from Spain

with Michael Webb

Paper Media: VoxEU The Economist CEPR Podcast

Unravelling Deep Integration: Local Labour Market Effects of the Brexit Vote

with Beata Javorcik, Ben Kett & Layla O'Kane

R&R at Journal of the European Economic Association

Paper VoxEU Summary

Did the 2018 trade war improve job opportunities for US workers?

with Beata Javorcik, Ben Kett and Layla O'Kane

R&R at the Journal of International Economics


AI, firms and wages: Evidence from India

with Alex Copestake and Ashley Pople

Paper Slides