Economist at Asian Development Bank

Who is

Who is

Pramila Crivelli is an economist in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Her main fields of specialization are applied econometrics in international trade policy, regional trade agreements, trade negotiations, rules or origin, nontariff measures and geographical indications.

Prior to joining ADB in November 2020, she was an assistant professor at the Goethe University Frankfurt leading the Chair of International Trade. Her work has been published in academic peer reviewed journals including the Journal of International Economics and the World Economy.

She received her PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She accumulated extensive experience in applied economic policy and technical cooperation serving as an economic affairs officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, researching at the European University Institute and the World Trade Organization, and carrying out consultancies for various clients in Asia and Africa. She has a strong expertise in delivering capacity building and advisory services to governments, public and private institutions, and trade negotiators in multilateral and regional fora.


Selected journal articles

Crivelli, P. (2016), Regionalism and falling external protection in high and low tariff members, Journal of International Economics, Volume 102, 2016,Pages 70-84,ISSN 0022-1996,

Crivelli, P., and Groeschl, J. (2016), The Impact of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures on Market Entry and Trade Flows, The World Economy,  Volume 39(3), 444-473,

Inama, S., and Crivelli, P. (2019), Convergence on the Calculation Methodology for Drafting Rules of Origin in FTAs Using the Ad Valorem Criterion, Global Trade and Customs Journal, Volume 14(4), 146-153,  

Crivelli, P., and Rubini, L. (2020),Flying High in a Plane’ Appellate Body Report, European Communities and Certain Member States – Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft, World Trade Review, 19(2), 316-340.

Crivelli, P., and Pinchis-Paulsen, M. (2021). Separating the Political from the Economic: The Russia–Traffic in Transit Panel Report. World Trade Review, 1-24.


Selected studies

Cambodia Diagnostic Trade Integration Study 2019-2023 - UNCTAD's Contribution to Chapter 1: Trade Policy and Regional Integration (RCEP, BRI, CP-TPP, FTAs) [English] - UNCTAD's Contribution to Chapter 1: Trade Policy and Regional Integration (RCEP, BRI, CP-TPP, FTAs)  (UNCTAD/ALDC/2019/2), 04 Aug 2020

Getting to better rules of origin for LDCs using utilization rates - From the WTO Ministerial decision in Hong Kong (2005) To Bali (2013), Nairobi (2015) and beyond  (UNCTAD/ALDC/2019/3)

Towards a new trade policy on market access for Myanmar - Identifying a positive agenda among challenges and opportunities  (UNCTAD/ALDC/2019/4), 22 Mar 2021


Blog article

Crivelli, P. and Inama, S. (2021), Making RCEP successful through business-friendly rules of origin, Asian Development Blog, Making RCEP successful through business-friendly rules of origin (

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