Andrew Powell

Principal Advisor in the Research Department at Inter-american Development Bank

Andrew Powell is the Principal Advisor in the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. He holds a Ba, MPhil., & DPhil. from the University of Oxford. He was Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and Lecturer (Associate Professor) at Queen Mary's (University of London) and then at Warwick University. He was Head of Research (March 1995 – June 1996) and then Chief Economist (June 1996 - April 2001) of the Central Bank of Argentina and represented Argentina as G20 Deputy. He was subsequently Professor in the Business School of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires to September 2005 and then joined the Research Department of the IDB. He moved departments to be the Regional Economic Advisor for the Caribbean and then returned to his current position in the Research Department in November 2010. He has published numerous academic papers in leading economic journals on commodity markets, risk management, the role of multilaterals, regulation, banking and international finance. Recent publications include a paper on the relation between macroprudential and monetary policy (Economic Inquiry) and on the credibility of inflation regimes in Latin America (Economia, Journal of LACEA) and an edited book on commodity taxation in Latin America (Routledge). Powell has been the Coordinator of the IDB's annual Latin American and Caribbean Macroeconomic Report for several years. He is currently working on papers related to capital flows, on preferred creditor status of IFI's, on sovereign debt restructuring, on financial innovation and on access to credit. Current areas of interest include the pros and cons of financial innovation, capital flows, fiscal policy, debt restructuring and commodity prices.