William Hynes

William Hynes

Adjunct Professor of International Development
International Development

SAIS Europe


  • Asia
  • United States
  • Economics
  • Economic Development
  • Globalization
  • International Economics
  • International Political Economy
  • International Trade Theory and Policy
  • French

Background and Education

Senior Economist, Office of the Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Paris, France. William Hynes is a senior economist working on New Approaches to Economic Challenges in the Office of the Secretary General at the OECD. Between 2009 and 2014, he was a policy analyst in the Development Co-operation Directorate. Prior to this Hynes was an Economic Affairs Officer in the Office of the Deputy Director-General (2006) and the Trade and Finance Division (2007-08) at the World Trade Organisation.

He holds a doctorate from Oxford University and was a Marie Curie Fellow at the London School of Economics. He has lectured at Sciences Po, Wadham College, Oxford and Trinity College Dublin.

Publications: "Commodity market disintegration in the interwar period," (with David Jacks and Kevin O'Rourke) in European Review of Economic History 16(2), 2012: 119-143; "To what extent were economic factors important in the separation of the south of Ireland from the United Kingdom and what was the economic impact?" in Cambridge Journal of Economics (2014); "Economics of War" in Lucie Cerna and Jay Hwang, Global Challenges: Peace and War (2013).

2016-07-14 00:00:00 
Fall 2018 
Development is ...
Development is a complex, multifaceted phenomenon that must be studied from a number of disciplinary approaches. Much of development theory focuses on economic growth, and students will have the opportunity to learn about the economic aspects of development in other classes. Economic growth is necessary to development, but not sufficient. Societies also change politically and socially, and politics, culture, and social structure are important in determining the quality of their institutions and the opportunities they offer their citizens. This course provides a general interdisciplinary foundation for the study of international development that includes history, theory, analytical tools, and institutions, and that will enable all students to be better prepared to analyze and address current issues.