Santiago Levy

Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution

Santiago Levy is a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institution, and a former president of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association. From 2008 to 2018 he was vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank. In the Mexican government he served as deputy minister at the Ministry of Finance, general director of the Social Security Institute, and president of the Federal Competition Commission. Before that he was associate professor of economics at Boston University and director of its Institute for Economic Development, visiting researcher at Cambridge University, and economics professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. At the Ministry of Finance, he was the main architect of Progresa-Oportunidades, Mexico’s incentive-based program for the poor. Mr. Levy received the National Research Prize in Economics granted by Banco Nacional de México, and the Latin American Economics Prize, granted by El Trimestre Económico. He has published extensively on economic growth, productivity, social policy, informality, education, budgetary and tax policy, trade policy reform, rural and regional development, competition policy, labor markets, and policies for poverty alleviation. His latest book, “Under-Rewarded Efforts, The Elusive Quest for Prosperity in Mexico,” was published in 2018 by the Inter-American Development Bank.