Carlos Végh, a Uruguayan national, is the World Bank Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean. Végh oversees a team of economists charged with providing intellectual leadership, economic analysis, and advice on the development issues facing Latin America and the Caribbean region.
Prior to starting his new role at the Bank on February 1st 2017, Végh was the Fred H. Sanderson Professor of International Economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He also served as Professor of Economics and Vice-Chair of Undergraduate Studies at UCLA, and before that as Chair of the Program in Comparative and Topical Studies at UCLA's Latin American Center.
Végh’s research on monetary and fiscal policy in emerging and developing countries has been highly influential and is regularly featured in the international financial press. He has contributed to several World Bank reports such as the Global Economic Prospects (GEP).
He has also served as visiting scholar at several central banks: Chile’s Banco Central, Colombia’s Banco de la República and Banco de México. During the 1980s and 1990s Végh served in different research positions at the International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C.
He is currently editor in chief of Economía, a publication of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association. He has also held other editorial positions in specialized publications such as the IMF Economic Review, the Journal of Development Economics and the Journal of International Economics, among others.
He holds a doctorate degree on Economics from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree on economics from American University in Washington DC and Universidad de la República in Uruguay.