Marcelle Thomas joined IFPRI in 1988 and is now a research analyst in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division (MTID). As part of her ongoing work at MTID, Marcelle has joined the team on Globalization and Trade, applying the MAcMap dataset of trade protection indicators and the MIRAGE global CGE model to assess the impact of bilateral and regional trade agreements on developing countries.
During her stay at IFPRI, she has worked on a variety of macroeconomic and trade issues, including WTO issues that affect the food security of developing countries. She has worked on building and maintaining social accounting matrices and computable general equilibrium models for use in macroeconomic analysis for the Philippines and Zimbabwe. Since joining MTID, she has computed producer support estimates for Indonesia, developed a multi-market spatial-equilibrium model for the rice and wheat markets in India, and contributed to the study of the impact of trade liberalization on NENA countries.
A U.S. citizen, Thomas was born in Casablanca, Morocco. She received a B.S. in mathematics and an M.A. in economics from North Carolina State University.