Andrew Powell

Inter-American Development Bank

Andrew Powell is the Principal Advisor in the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. He holds a Ba, MPhil., & DPhil. from the University of Oxford. He was Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the University of London and then at Warwick. He was Head of Research (March 1995 – June 1996) and then Chief Economist (June 1996 - April 2001) of the Central Bank of Argentina and represented Argentina in G20 meetings and many other international events. He was subsequently Professor in the Business School of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires to September 2005 and then joined the Research Department of the IDB. He was also Regional Economic Advisor at the IDB and then promoted to his current position in the Research Department in November 2010. He has published numerous academic papers in leading economic journals on commodity markets, risk management, the role of multilaterals, regulation, banking and international finance. He was the coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Macroeconomic Report published by the IDB in March 2012 and March 2013 and contributed chapters to recent flagship reports on the Quality of Life and on Taxation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Current areas of interest include capital flows, credit ratings, the pros and cons of financial innovation, monetary and prudential policies, debt restructuring and the taxation of commodity industries. Most recent papers have focused on the dangers of capital inflow surges, on Sudden Stops, inflation targeting and on the long run behavior of commodity prices.