In this fascinating Economics Matters -- the Podcast, Sebastian Edwards, the Henry Ford II Professor of International Economics at UCLA discusses his fascinating new book, The Chile Project: The Story of the Chicago Boys and the Downfall of Neoliberalism. Here's the Princeton University Press summary: The book, Sebastian's 16th!, describes how Chile became home to the world’s most radical free-market experiment—and what its downfall suggests about the fate of neoliberalism around the globe.
Join the podcast to learn not just about Chile, past, present, and future, but about where Latin American economies are today and whether they are headed. Here's Sebastian's extraordinary bio.
Sebastian Edwards is the Henry Ford II Professor of International Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. From 1993 to 1996 he was Chief Economist for Latin America at the World Bank. He has published 16 books, and over 200 scholarly articles. He is the Co-Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s “Africa Project.” Professor Edwards has been an adviser to numerous governments, financial institutions, and multinational companies. He is a frequent commentator on economic matters in CNN and other cable outlets, and his op-ed pieces have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, El País (Spain), La Vanguardia (Spain), Clarín (Argentina), El Mercurio (Chile), and other newspapers from around the world. He has been an expert witness in a number of legal cases in the United States and other nations. He is a frequent speaker at financial and industry meetings. Sebastian Edwards is a member of a number of corporate and nonprofit institutions boards.
Professor Edwards has been President of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA), and is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Kiel Institute of World Economics, Kiel-Germany. He served as a member of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Council of Economic Advisors. In 2013 Professor Edwards was awarded the Carlos Díaz-Alejandro Prize in recognition for his research on the Latin American economies. Professor Edwards was educated at the Universidad Católica de Chile. He received an MA in economics in 1978, and a Ph.D. in economics in 1981, both from the University of Chicago.
Economic Matters - The podcast is hosted by Laurence Kotlikoff and moderated by Alex Kotlikoff.