September 21, 2004

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21, 2004 — Sebastian Edwards, Henry Ford II Chair in International Management and professor of global economics at UCLA Anderson School of Management, has been appointed to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Economic Council.  Prof. Edwards will join an elite 16-member council that will serve in an advisory capacity to the Governor regarding economic matters.

Sebastian Edwards is an expert in international economics and management, particularly the economic issues of Latin American countries.  He teaches courses at UCLA Anderson in international management and business and economics in emerging markets.  

”It is an honor to be appointed to the Council,” said Professor Edwards.  “The Governor is committed to increasing California’s competitiveness, in order to create jobs and bring prosperity to our great state.  At the Council we will work hard with the Governor in order to make sure that these policy goals are achieved.” 

The Economic Council will meet periodically with Governor Schwarzenegger to assist him in confronting the economic issues facing California.  Former Secretary of State, George P. Shultz, will chair the Council.

From 1993 to 1996, Prof. Edwards was the chief economist for the Latin America and Caribbean region of the World Bank.  He currently serves as a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a member of the advisory board of Transnational Research Corporation and is co-chairman of the Inter American Seminar on Economics (IASE).  Prof. Edwards also serves as 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.

Dr. Edwards has been a consultant to a number of multilateral institutions, including the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (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, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Tanzania and Venezuela.

His research interests include monetary policy, political economy, International Monetary Fund, capital markets, currency crises, devaluation, inequality, trade, interest rates, consumer price index, employment, exchange rates, Federal Reserve, inflation, NAFTA, Mercosur, emerging markets and the economies of Latin American countries.

Edwards is the author of more that 200 scientific articles on international economics, macroeconomics and economic development including, Preventing Currency Crises in Emerging Economies, a book published in 2004 by the University of Chicago Press.

He received a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from the University of Chicago.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is perennially ranked among the top-tier business schools in the world.  Award-winning faculty renowned for their research and teaching, highly selective admissions, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment.  Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,500 students enrolled in full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs, doctoral programs and executive education and management development programs.

UCLA Anderson’s faculty includes outstanding educators and researchers who share their scholarship and expertise in such fundamental areas as finance, marketing, accounting, business economics, decision sciences, operations and technology management, human resources and organizational behavior, information systems, strategy and policy.

Recognizing that the school offers unparalleled expertise in management education, the world's business community turns to UCLA Anderson School of Management as a center of influence for the ideas, innovations, strategies and talent that will shape the future.

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