Miguel Angel Santos
Director, Applied Research, Growth Lab
Ph.D. in Economics, Universidad de Barcelona
Miguel Angel Santos is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Director of Applied Research at the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University.
At CID, he has been involved in various research projects aimed at helping governments to rethink their development strategies, both at the national and sub-national levels. Since he joined CID in August 2014, he has been involved in projects at the national level in Mexico, Panama, and Venezuela, and at the sub-national level in Mexico in the states of Chiapas, Baja California, Tabasco and Campeche; and the city of Hermosillo at Sonora state. He has also performed as project manager in the projects leading to the build-up of the Mexican Atlas of Economic Complexity, and the Peruvian Atlas of Economic Complexity.
Before joining the field of international development, Miguel worked for ten years in corporate finance and business development in Latin America, performing as Director of Finance for the Cisneros Group of Companies (1997-2003), Head of Corporate Finance for Mercantil Servicios Financieros (2005-2007), and Business Vice-President for Sony Pictures and Entertainment Latin America (2008-2009). At that point, he decided to switch tracks and get involved in development economics.
He holds two Master of Science degrees in International Finance and Trade (2011) and Economics (2012) from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University (2014), and a Ph.D. in Economics at Universidad de Barcelona (2016). He was the head of the Macroeconomic Policy Team for presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski in the Venezuelan elections of 2012.
|Current Research/Projects||Areas of Expertise|
|Baja California (México)||Development Economics|
|Hermosillo, Sonora (México)||Macroeconomic Policy|
|Chiapas (México)||Sovereign Risk|
- Bahar, D., Molina, C., and Santos, M.A. Fool's Gold: On the Impact of Venezuelan Devaluations in Multinational Stock Prices. (forthcoming in Economia LACEA Fall 2018 Issue)
- Bahar, D. & Santos, M., 2018. One more resource curse: Dutch disease and export concentration. Journal of Development Economics , 132, pp. 102-114.
- Santos, M. & Reinhart, C., 2016. From Financial Repression to External Distress: The Case of Venezuela. Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, pp. 1-30.
- Santos, M., 2016. The Right Fit for the Wrong Reasons: Real Business Cycle in an Oil-Dependent Economy. Latin American Journal of Economics (former Cuadernos de Economía), 53 (1) , pp. 61-94.
- Venezuela, corriendo hacia el abismo, New York Times, Nov. 2017
- ¿Cómo recuperar el bienestar de los venezolanos?, Prodavinci, Sept. 2017
- Apocalypse Now: Venezuela, Oil and Reconstruction, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, July 2017
- The Rage Gripping Venezuela Will Only End When Maduro Goes, Huffington Post, May 2017
- ¿Debe Panamá cerrarse a la inmigración?, New York Times, March 2017
- Venezuela: Running on empty, Latin American Studies Association, Volume 48, Issue 1, Winter 2017.
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