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Tulane University

Mauricio Cárdenas on "Why Has Latin America Underperformed?"

November 16th, 2009

The Center for Inter-American Policy and Research and The Department of Economics at Tulane University held a meeting with the director of the Latin American Initiative at Brookings Institution, Mauricio Cárdenas on “Matters of State: Why Has Latin America Underperformed?”

Monday, November 16th at Noon
Greenleaf Conference Room

Mauricio Cárdenas is currently Senior Fellow and Director of the Latin American Initiative at Brookings Institution and president of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association. Until August 2008 he was Executive Director of Fedesarrollo, an independent policy-oriented research center in Bogotá, Colombia. He has published seven books and a large number of academic papers. Since 1992 he has taught in the Economics graduate program at Universidad de los Andes. In 2001 he was Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. In 1999, Cárdenas was selected as one the Leaders of the New Millennium by CNN/Time Magazine. Between 2001 and 2003 he was President of Titularizadora Colombiana, an IFC-sponsored initiative that developed Colombia’s secondary mortgage market. Prior to that, he was Minister of Transportation (1998-1999) and Director of National Planning (1999-2000). He also served as Minister of Economic Development in 1994 and as General Manager of the Empresa de Energía de Bogotá in 1993. Mr. Cardenas holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.