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August 24, 2023

Book Talk: Argentina at the Fund

Book cover of "Argentina at the Fund"

Argentina at the Fund offers a detailed chronicle of the complex relationship between Argentina and the International Monetary Fund. Written by Alejandro Werner, GAI founding director and former head of the IMF's Western Hemisphere Department, together with Martín Kanenguiser, the book reveals unknown information and explores the management and failure of the last millionaire loan. It also examines the IMF's experience with other Latin American countries. The book hopes to demystify the relationship between Argentina and the IMF and reveal the dramatic reality that links the country with international credit organizations. Eduardo Levy Yeyati will present the new book and lead the discussion with the authors. 

This event was supported by the Georgetown Americas Institute. It took place in Spanish in-person only, and was presented by Fundación Los Cedros in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Eduardo Levy Yeyati was a visiting fellow with the Georgetown Americas Institute and dean of the School of Government at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires and the founder and faculty director of its Center for Evidence-based Policy (CEPE-Di Tella). He is also lead researcher at Argentina's National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and founding partner of Elypsis, an economic research firm in Argentina. Prior to that, he was senior adviser to the Office of the Chief of Staff in Argentina (where he led the program Argentina 2030), director at the Bank of Investment and Trade Credit in 2016, head of Latin American Research and Emerging Markets Strategy at Barclays Capital from 2007 to 2010, financial sector adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank from 2006 to 2007, and chief economist of the Central Bank of Argentina in 2002. He was also honorary president of the National Council of Production and CIPPEC, an Argentine think tank. His research focuses on banking, emerging markets finance, monetary and exchange rate policy, international financial architecture, and growth in developing economies. He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Alejandro Werner is the founding director of the Georgetown Americas Institute and a non-resident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute. He recently completed almost nine years as director of the Western Hemisphere Department at the International Monetary Fund. Prior to that appointment, he was undersecretary of finance and public credit in Mexico’s Finance Ministry and held several positions in that ministry and the Central Bank. He also taught at leading universities in Mexico, Spain, and the United States. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

Martín Kanenguiser was born in Buenos Aires in 1968. He was an economics journalist for Télam and La Nación, and currently writes for Infobae. He published the books La maldita herencia, El fin de la ilusión (2003) y El default más tonto de la historia (2000). He created the Jazz & Cash blog. He studied journalism and has postgraduate degrees in international relations (Flacso) and History (UTDT).