Santiago Levy Algazi is a non-resident senior fellow with the Global Economy and Development Program at The Brookings Institution.
From 2008 and 2018 he was the Vice President for Sector and Knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to this appointment, he served as the General Manager and Chief Economist for the bank’s Research Department.
Previously, he was General Director at the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico, President of the Federal Competition Commission, and Director of the Economic Deregulation Program at the Ministry of Trade and Industrial Promotion.
At the Ministry of Finance, he was the main architect of Progresa-Oportunidades, Mexico’s incentive-based health, nutrition, and education program for the poor. He also managed the transition from generalized to targeted subsidies, promoted legal reforms to decentralize resources to states and municipalities, participated in the change of the pay-as-you-go to the capitalized pension system, and promoted a regional plan to develop Mexico’s southern region.
Levy holds a Ph.D. in economics and a Master’s in political economy from Boston University where he also taught as Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Economic Development. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge.
He is widely published, particularly on the topics of poverty reduction, competitiveness, foreign exchange policy, export imbalances, pricing, microeconomics and energy.
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