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April 13, 2023

Can Argentina Achieve Economic Stability and Inclusive Growth?

Event Series: Spotlight on the Americas

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Once one of the richest nations in Latin America, Argentina has experienced a long process of economic decline as the country has endured decades of economic crisis, 22 International Monetary Fund emergency financial programs, nine debt defaults, and growing poverty rates. What structural problems explain Argentina's economic and social perils? Looking forward, what should be the main elements of an economic program to stabilize the country's economy and create incentives for an inclusive growth process?

The Georgetown Americas Institute welcomed Guido Sandleris, the former head of Argentina's central bank, to discuss these issues in a conversation moderated by GAI Founding Director Alejandro Werner.

This event was streamed on YouTube.


Guido Sandleris is a visiting professor of international economics at SAIS Europe and professor of economics at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina. Sandleris was governor of the Central Bank of Argentina between September 2018 and December 2019. In June 2017, he joined the Argentine Ministry of Economy as chief of advisors to the minister. In June 2018, he was appointed secretary of economic policy. In 2016, he served as undersecretary of finance in the province of Buenos Aires. He has been a professor at Johns Hopkins University and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and Universidad de Los Andes. Sandleris was a visiting researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Central Bank of Chile, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and International Monetary Fund (IMF). He was director of the Center for Financial Research at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT), where he was also appointed dean of the Business School between 2014 and 2015.

Alejandro Werner (moderator)
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).