Distinguished Economist in Residence
School of International Service
Additional Positions at AUDirector, International Economic Relations Program
Co-Director, M.A. in International Economics
- Dr. Arturo C. Porzecanski, Distinguished Economist in Residence, is an expert in international finance, emerging markets and Latin American economics. He previously taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Williams College, but is a late arrival to academia, having spent most of his professional career working as an international economist on Wall Street. Dr. Porzecanski was chief economist for emerging markets at ABN AMRO Bank (2000-2005); chief economist for the Americas at ING Bank (1994-2000); chief emerging-markets economist at Kidder, Peabody & Co. (1992-1993); chief economist at Republic National Bank of New York (1989-1992); senior economist at J.P. Morgan Bank (1977-1989); research economist at the Center for Latin American Monetary Studies in Mexico City (1975-1976); and visiting economist at the International Monetary Fund (1973). He carries out and publishes research in international finance; provides consulting services to legal and financial firms, as well as to U.S. government agencies and multilateral institutions; teaches at the Inter-American Defense College; and serves as a Dispute Resolution Arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
DegreesPhD, Economics, University of Pittsburgh; MA, Economics, University of Pittsburgh; BA, Economics, Whittier College
Favorite Spot on Campus:Anywhere wthin sight of the new SIS building.
Book Currently Reading:Misadventures of the Most Favored Nations, Paul Blustein
Languages Spoken:Spanish, Portuguese and Italian
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Open-economy macroeconomics, international economics, international finance, international financial law, emerging markets finance, exchange-rate policies, and Latin American economics.
- "Borrowing and Debt: How Do Sovereigns Get Into Trouble?," in Sovereign Debt Management, 2014.
- "Behind the 2012 Greek Default and Restructuring,” in Sovereign Debt and Debt Restructuring, 2013.
- "Buenos Aires to Athens: The Road to Perdition," in CSIS Americas Program, April 2, 2012.
- "Mexico's Retrogression: Implications of a Bankruptcy Reorganization Gone Wrong," CSIS Americas Program Hemisphere Focus, November 2011.
- "Should Argentina be Welcomed Back by Investors?" World Economics, July-September 2011.
- "Corporate Workouts in Mexico: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," CSIS Issues in International Political Economy, April 2011.
- "When Bad Things Happen to Good Sovereign Debt Contracts: The Case of Ecuador," Law and Contemporary Problems, Fall 2010.
- "Latin America: The Missing Financial Crisis," United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America, October 2009.
- "U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality," Council on Foreign Relations, May 2008 (contributor).
- "The Fixed-Income Market in Uruguay," Bond Markets in Latin America, 2008 (co-author).
- "The Constructive Role of Private Creditors," Dealing Fairly with Developing Country Debt, 2007.
- "Debt Relief by Private and Official Creditors: The Record Speaks," International Finance, Summer 2007.
- "El Mercado de Renta Fija en Uruguay,"Banco Central del Uruguay Revista de Economia, May 2007 (co-author).
- "Dealing with Sovereign Debt: Trends and Implications," in Sovereign Debt at the Crossroads, 2006.
- Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
- Member, Board of Directors, The Tinker Foundation, 2007-present
- Member, Board of Directors, Washington Office on Latin America, 2005-07
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- Whittier College Poet Award for Community Impact, in recognition of having become the world's leading patient advocate for those afflicted with Systemic Capillary Leak Syndrome, 2011.
- University of Pittsburgh Legacy Laureate, a formal recognition bestowed to alums with outstanding personal and professional accomplishments, 2005.
Grants and Sponsored Research
- "Latin America: The Missing Financial Crisis," United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America, 2009.
- "Characteristics of Uruguay's OTC Market in Sovereign Bonds," Electronic Stock Exchange of Uruguay (BEVSA), 2008.
- "Financing Possibilities for Honduras and Nicaragua After Debt Forgiveness," Inter-American Development Bank, 2007-08.
- Frequent TV interviews in CNN, Bloomberg News, Telemundo and Univisión, and in radio stations and newspapers in the Americas and Europe
Area of Expertise: International economics, international finance, emerging markets, Latin American economics
Additional Information: Arturo Porzecanski previously taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Williams College, but is a fairly recent arrival to academia, having spent most of his professional career working as a senior international economist on Wall Street. Porzecanski provides consulting services to legal and financial firms, as well as to U.S. government agencies and multilateral institutions. He has been cited by leading news media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Economist, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, and Dow Jones and has been interviewed by numerous broadcast outlets, including NPR, BBC, CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV.
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