Brief Biography



Sebastian Edwards is the Henry Ford II Professor of International Business Economics at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). From 1993 until April 1996, he was the Chief Economist for the Latin America and Caribbean Region of the World Bank. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a member of the advisory board of Transnational Research Corporation and co-chairman of the Inter American Seminar on Economics (IASE).   He has been President of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA), an international professional association of economists with academic interests in Latin America and the Caribbean region.  He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Kiel Institute of World Economics, Kiel-Germany, and a member of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Edwards is the author of more that 200 scientific articles on international economics, macroeconomics and economic development. His articles have appeared in The American Economic Review, The Journal of Monetary Economics, The Economic Journal, Oxford Economic Papers, The Journal of Development Economics, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Perspectives and other professional journals. His work and views are frequently quoted in the media, including the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Economist. 

Sebastian Edwards’ opinion pieces have been published in leading newspaper from around the world, including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Newsweek, Time, El País (Spain), La Nación (Argentina), La Vanguardia (Spain), The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, Clarín (Buenos Aires), and El Mercurio (Chile).  He writes a monthly column in La Tercera (Chile), and is a columnist for Project Syndicate.  

Edwards is an associate editor of Contemporary Policy Issues, the Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, and Analisis Economico. For almost ten years he was the co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics.

His latest books are "Preventing Currency Crises" (co-edited with Jeffrey Frankel, U. of Chicago Press, 2002), "The Economics and Political Transition to an Open Market Economy:  Colombia," (OECD, 2001), "Capital Flows and the Emerging Economies," (U. of Chicago Press, 2000), "Anatomy of an Emerging-Market Crash: Mexico 1994" (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1997) and "Labor Markets in Latin America: Combining Social Protection with Market Flexibility, (Brookings, 1997). Other books include "Crisis and Reform in Latin America: From Despair to Hope" (Oxford University Press, 1995), "Monetarism and Liberalization, The Chilean Experiment" (co-author); "Exchange Rate Misalignment in Developing Countries"; "Real Exchange Rates, Devaluation and Adjustment: Exchange Rate Policy in Developing Countries"; and the "Macroeconomics of Populism in Latin America" (coeditor with Rudi Dornbusch).

Sebastian Edwards has been a consultant to a number of multilateral institutions, including the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the IMF, and the OECD. He has also been a consultant to the United States Agency for International Development, and to a number of national and international corporations. He has worked in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Tanzania, and Venezuela. He has consulted for a number of international financial institutions and multinational firms.

Professor Edwards has been an expert witness in a number of legal cases involving securities, credit events, international financial transactions, international taxation and foreign direct investment.

Sebastian Edwards was born in Santiago, Chile. He was educated at the Catholic University of Chile, and received an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.