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Arturo O’Connell

Mathematician and economist by university training, he has been associated with the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic in various capacities from 1959 to 2015, as head of division of its Research Department (1959-1962), Member of the Board of Governors (1986-1988; 2003-2010), and advisor to the Chair of the Board, (2010-2015).

He held offices related to economics and international finance both in other government spheres and in academia. Among others, he was senior advisor to the Minister, first, of the Economy and later of Finance, Government of Chile (1972-1973), Secretary General for the Latin American Region of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) (1974-1979), co-director the Centre for the International Economy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina from 1990 to1999 and director of the Master’s Degree in Integration with particular reference to MERCOSUR, at the University of Buenos Aires from 2001 to 2003.

In the Sixties and Seventies, he was a graduate student at King’s College and the Faculty of Economics and Politics, Cambridge University and later a Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University and at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House.
Has published extensively on international financial matters, external debt, history of international economic relations and economic integration. Most recently, “European Crisis: A New Tale of Center–Periphery Relations in the World of Financial Liberalization/Globalization?” International Journal of Political Economy, 44:3, November 2015, pp. 174-195.

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Eurozone Crisis Was Caused More By Reckless Lending Than By Reckless Spending

Article | Dec 5, 2016

Remedies have failed to produced growth and reduce indebtedness because they’re focused on protecting toxic behavior by banks in Europe’s core countries

The EuroZone “Debt” Crisis: Another “Center” – “Periphery” Crisis Under Financial Globalization?

Paper Working Paper Series | | Nov 2016

This paper analyzes the Euro crisis in light of the experience of center-periphery relations over the last 40 years of renewed financial globalization.

The Politics and Economics of Cross-Border Credit/Debt Restructuring-The Experience of the "Periphery" Countries

Paper Conference paper | | Apr 2012

This year, in only a few months’ time we will be going through the 30th anniversary when Mexico announced that its government was unable to pay service on its external debt.