Xavier Sala-i-Martin

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Xavier Sala i Martín
Xavier Sala-i-Martin.jpg
Born (1962-06-17) June 17, 1962 (age 54)
Cabrera de Mar, Catalonia, Spain
Nationality American
Field Macroeconomics
School or
tradition
Neo-classical economics
Influences Robert Barro
Contributions Economic growth
Libertarianism
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Xavier Sala i Martín (also Sala-i-Martin in English) was born on June 17, 1962 in Cabrera de Mar, Catalonia, Spain and is a Catalan-American economist, and a professor at Columbia University.

Sala i Martin earned his degree from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1985, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1990, both in economics. In addition to working at Columbia, he has been a professor at Yale University, Harvard University, and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, which he still visits for a term, every summer.

Professional work[edit]

Sala i Martin is one of the leading economists in the field of economic growth[1] and is consistently ranked among the most-cited economists in the world for works produced in the 1990s.[2][3] His works include the topics of economic growth, development in Africa, monetary economics, social security, health and economics, convergence, and classical liberal thinking, with his book Liberal economics for non-economists.[4][5] The "liberal" in the title should be understood in the classic liberal/libertarian sense.

He has constructed an estimate of the world distribution of income,[6] which he has then used to estimate poverty rates and measures of inequality. The conclusions of this study offered a new point of view for two reasons. Firstly, the United Nations and the World Bank used to believe that although poverty rates were falling, the total number of poor people was increasing. He claimed that both were falling. Secondly, the United Nations and the World Bank believe that individual income inequalities were on the rise. He claimed that they were not.[7]

Sala i Martin is the author of the economic growth textbook Apuntes de Crecimiento Economico (in Spanish) and the co-author (with Robert Barro) of the textbook Economic Growth (original in English; translated into French, German, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese).

Sala i Martin is, along with Elsa V. Artadi, the author of the Global Competitiveness Index, used since 2004[8] by the Global Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum, an index that ranks 142 countries by their level of economic competitiveness.

Media[edit]

He is a columnist for the Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia. He makes weekly appearances in the Catalan radio network RAC 1 and in the television show Divendres[9][10][11][12][13] of TV3. He also contributes to CNN.[14][15]

He supports Catalan independence and gives conferences around Catalonia, in name of the association that he and other independentist university teachers created for that purpose (el Col·lectiu Wilson[16]). He is also very popular in Catalonia for his loud blazers.

Other activities[edit]

He was a board member at FC Barcelona and treasurer of the club between 2004 and 2010. He was the president of the club during the electoral process of 2006.

He is the founder of Umbele: A Future for Africa, a nonprofit organization that promotes economic development in Africa.

Prizes[edit]

He has been recognized with a Distinguished Teacher in Graduate Economics award three times at Columbia and Yale, with the 2004 King Juan Carlos I Prize (a biannual prize given to the best economist in Spain and Latin America), and the 2006 Lenfest Prize awarded to the best teacher at Columbia University.

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