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Gerardo Della Paolera


Gerardo Della Paolera - American University of Paris (FRANCE)

Gerardo Della Paolera holds an MA in Economics and a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.

From 2002 to October 2008, Dr. Della Paolera was President of the American University of Paris where he is now President Emeritus. Since 2002, he has been a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics in the same institution. At present he is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Paris School of Economics and Visiting Professor at the Central European University in Budapest.

Dr. Della Paolera has extensive experience in the finance and consulting industries. He acted as Chief International Economist of the Banco Río de la Plata S.A. – New York Branch, and was also a consultant for the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) He has published more than a dozen papers in peer-reviewed journals, and is the winner of the Arthur Cole Prize for the best article published in the Journal of Economic History in 2000: “Economic Recovery from the Argentine Great Depression: Institutions, Expectations, and the Change of the Macroeconomic Regime.”

He has participated in over 40 conferences worldwide on topics including globalization, local and global culture, education, economic development, and institutions, which are his main research interests. Dr. Della Paolera’s service on not-for-profit boards includes the American Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France (2002-present), the Fundación Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (1991-2001), the Fulbright Commission (1999-2002), and the Fundación Pro Vivienda Social in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2000-2005), among others.


PROJECT: Almost 25 years ago, the notable economist Carlos Diaz Alejandro being frustrated while observing recurrent financial crises in Latin America clearly described a Financial History of the region with an emphasis on the monetized big economies. An analytical and quantitative methodological analysis of the linkages of sovereign debt, banking and the conduct of monetary, exchange rate and fiscal policy during the interwar period is an extraordinary laboratory to answer at least partially the puzzle of why these economies could never develop strong domestic capital markets. Our work is to fill this gap, an important one because the lack of strong and mature debt and capital markets are one of the main inhibitors of sustained economic development; more than that they may explain even the so-called reversal of fortunes in Latin America.



Lecturer: Gerardo Della Paolera
Tittle: La búsqueda de una nueva arquitectura monetaria y financiera global: pasado y presente
Date: April 10, 2012 at 12:00h
Place: Aula Multimedia 14.0.11

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