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Javier Santiso

Javier Santiso is Professor of Economics at ESADE Business School, Spain, and Vice President of the ESADE Center for the Global Economy and Geopolitics (ESADEgeo). Previously he was the Chief Economist for Latin America and Emerging Markets at BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria) and Chief Development Economist and Director General of the OECD Development Centre. He studied in Paris at Sciences Po, at Oxford University, and at Harvard University, and he holds an MBA and a PhD. He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He is the author of Latin America's Political Economy of the Possible: Beyond Good Revolutionaries and Free-Marketeers (MIT Press, 2006).

Titles by This Author

Financial Markets and Elections in Emerging Countries

Politics matter for financial markets and financial markets matter for politics, and nowhere is this relationship more apparent than in emerging markets. In Banking on Democracy, Javier Santiso investigates the links between politics and finance in countries that have recently experienced both economic and democratic transitions. He focuses on elections, investigating whether there is a “democratic premium”—whether financial markets and investors tend to react positively to elections in emerging markets.

Beyond Good Revolutionaries and Free-Marketeers

Neither socialism nor free-market neoliberalism has been a very helpful model for Latin America, writes Javier Santiso in this witty and literate reading of that region's economic and political condition. Latin America must move beyond utopian schemes and rigid ideologies invented in other hemispheres and acknowledge its own social realities of inequality and poverty.