Larry Willmore Last Updated January 7th, 2019

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About Me:

I am a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. My career as economist with the United Nations Secretariat began in Chile in 1978 and ended in New York in 2004, with intermediate postings to Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico and Brazil. Before that I was an economist with the Canadian Department of Finance and a consultant to the National Planning Office of the Government of Costa Rica. I have a diploma from Lincoln (Nebraska) High School, a BA from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and both an MA in international affairs and a PhD in economics from Carleton University (Ottawa). I have taught graduate and under-graduate courses and have published widely in academic journals.

Hobbies & Interests:
I enjoy theatre, concerts and cooking, but my passion is policy-oriented research.


My wife, Ligia, is an anthropologist (Licenciada, Universidade de Brasilia) who was employed many years by the US office of American Field Service (AFS US) to support student exchanges between the USA and the rest of the world. She has also worked as a consultant in Europe for AFS International. We now reside most of the year in Victoria, BC, Canada.

We have two sons. Our oldest, Christopher (born 1977), has a PhD in economics from the University of British Columbia and is Senior Lecturer at the University of Victoria. He resides in Victoria, British Columbia with his wife, Elishea.

Our youngest son, Andrew (born 1981, MD University of Toronto) is Medical Director, Emergency Management at The Ottawa Hospital. Andrew's wife, Jacqueline, is an epidemiologist (Master of Public Health, University of Toronto) employed by the regional government of Ottawa. Their son, Benjamin, was born October 14th, 2014. Ben's sister, Penelope, was born May 18th, 2017.

My papers at SSRN --at IDEAS --at Google Scholar
  • Social Security and Pensions
  • Central America
  • Export Processing Zones
  • Intra-Industry Trade
  • Transnational Corporations in Brazil
Favourite Links:
Global Taxes: papers from the cancelled 2001 United Nations meeting:
Thought du Jour Blog
Recent Writings:
Central America:
Brazil and the Caribbean: