Ricardo Ffrench-Davis

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Ricardo Ffrench-Davis
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Born (1936-06-27) 27 June 1936 (age 82)
Nationality Chilean
Institution Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica, Central Bank of Chile, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Field Macroeconomics
School or
tradition
Chicago school of economics
Alma mater Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Contributions Applied macroeconomics
Awards National Prize for Humanities and Social Sciences (2005)
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Ricardo Ffrench-Davis (born 27 June 1936) is a Chilean Economist. He is Professor of the Department of Economics and the Instituto de Estudios Internacionales at the University of Chile.

Together with a few other Chilean students he got the chance to study at the University of Chicago in the 1960s, where he was a remarkable student. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1971. Although the students were later named Chicago Boys, Professor Ffrench –Davis was one main critic of the neo-liberal regime imposed in Chile by the Pinochet dictatorship. Two of the outstanding papers that summarize his critical arguments are "The monetarist experiment in Chile: a critical survey" published (around 1982), in French, English, German, Portuguese and Spanish; and “Economic development and equity in Chile: legacies and challenges in the return to democracy", published (around 1990) in French, English, Italian and Spanish.

From 1964 to 1970 he was Deputy Manager of the Central Bank of Chile. He was Co-founder of the think tank Center for Economic Research on Latin America (CIEPLAN) where he acted as Vice-President from 1976 to 1990.

Between 1990 and 1992 he was Director of Research and Chief Economist, of the Central Bank of Chile, when Chile designed the successful countercyclical regulation of the external accounts. From 1992 to 2004 he became Principal Regional Adviser at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL/ECLAC)[1][2]

He was awarded the National Prize for Humanities and Social Sciences from the State of Chile in 2005.[3][4]

He was Chairperson of the Committee for Development Policy of the United Nations in 2007-2010; in 2004-2010 he represented Presidents Ricardo Lagos and Michelle Bachelet in the International Initiative to Fight Hunger and Poverty, launched by Brazil, Chile, France and Spain.

He has published 21 books and over 150 articles on international trade and finance, development strategies, and Latin American economies, in nine languages. Among other books, author of Reforming Latin America’s Economies after Market Fundamentalism, Palgrave Macmillan, London 2005 and New York, 2006; and Economic Reforms in Chile: from Dictatorship to Democracy, second edition, Palgrave Macmillan, London and New York, 2010 (fifth edition in Spanish in 2014).

References[edit]

  1. ^ University of Chile, Curriculum Vitae Ricardo Ffrench-Davis Archived 2014-01-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ R. Albert Berry, Gustavo Indart Indart, Critical Issues in International Financial Reform, Transaction Publishers, 2003, ISBN 9781412820721, p. xi
  3. ^ University of Chile, Curriculum Vitae Ricardo Ffrench-Davis Archived 2014-01-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Ricardo Ffrench-Davis recibe Premio Nacional de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales" [Ricardo Ffrench-Davis Receives National Prize for Humanities and Social Sciences]. El Mercurio (in Spanish). Santiago. 21 August 2005. Retrieved 11 December 2017.