How COVID has Changed Latin American Economics


Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:20pm

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Speakers: Andres Velasco, Dean of the School of Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science; former Finance Minister of Chile; Ana Maria Ibanez, Professor of Economics, Universidad de los Andes; Economics Principal Advisor for the Interamerican Development Bank; Daniela Campello, Associate Professor, Brazilian School of Business and Public Administration; Getulio Vargas Foundation; Gustavo Flores Macias, Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs and Associate Professor, Cornell University
Moderated by: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

The economic toll of the Covid crisis on Latin America has been catastrophic. The IMF has projected that the region’s economy will shrink by 9.4 percent this year, by far the worst recession the region has ever faced. Panelists will identify the short- and long-term effects of Covid on the region’s economies and discuss what kinds of medium- and long-term investments and policy changes will be necessary not only to recover but also to tackle such underlying challenges as informality and inequality that made Latin America the global epicenter of the crisis.

Presented in collaboration with Weatherhead Center for International Affairs