Miguel Angel Santos
Director, Applied Research, Growth Lab
Miguel Angel Santos is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Director of Applied Research for the Growth Lab 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|
|Economic Growth and Governance for Venezuela||Development Economics|
- Kasoolu, S., Hausmann, R., O'Brien, T. & Santos, M.A, 2019. Female Labor in Jordan: A Systematic Approach to the Exclusion Puzzle. Center for International Development Faculty Working Paper No. 365, Harvard University.
- Hausmann, R., O'Brien, T., Santos, M.A., Grisanti, A., Kasoolu, S., Taniparti, N., Tapia, J., & Villasmil, R., 2019. Jordan: The Elements of a Growth Strategy. Center for International Development Faculty Working Paper No. 346.
- Barrios, D. & Santos, M.A., 2019. "Is There Life After Ford?" In City Design, Planning, & Poicy Innovations: The Case of Hermosillo. Inter-American Development Bank, pp. 131-53.
- Bahar, D., Molina, C., & Santos, M.A. Fool's Gold: On the Impact of Venezuelan Devaluations in Multinational Stock Prices. Economica LACEA, vol. 19 no. 1 (Fall 2018), pp. 93-128.
- Bahar, D. & Santos, M.A. One More Resource Curse: Dutch Disease and Export Concentration. Journal of Development Economics, vol. 132 (Feb. 2018), pp. 102-114.
- Impact of the 2017 Sactions on Venezuela: Revisiting the Evidence, Brookings Institution, May 2019
- How did Venezuela's Exchange Control Wound Global Companies?, Vox LACEA, July 2018
- El Paquete de Marudo no logrará ni estabilizar la miseria, The New York Times, September 2018
- ¿Llevará la hiperinflación a la transición democrática en Venezuela? The New York Times, January 2018
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