Professor, International Economics
Deputy-Director, Centre on Development and Finance, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, CH
Ugo Panizza is Professor of Economics and Pictet Chair in Finance and Development at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. He is also the Deputy-Director of the Institute’s Centre on Finance and Development. Prior to joining the Institute, Professor Panizza was the Chief of the Debt and Finance Analysis Unit at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. He also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank and was an assistant professor of economics at the American University of Beirut and the University of Turin.
He has extensive work and research experience in Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa. He is a member of the executive committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and an editor of the Association’s journal Economia. He is also an associate editor of The World Bank Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Systems, and the Review of Economics and Institutions.
Professor Panizza’s recent work includes a series of important articles on the costs of sovereign defaults, on the links between public debt and economic growth (see below), and research with Professor Arcand and Enrico Berkes, of the IMF, on the threshold above which financial development no longer has a positive effect on economic growth. Together with Barry Eichengreen of the University of California, Berkeley and Ricardo Hausmann of Harvard’s Kennedy School, he did work on the causes and consequences of “original sin” in international finance. He has also worked with Eichengreen on capital account liberalisation and bond market development.
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