Pedro Luis Rodríguez is the Lead Economist and Sector Program Coordinator for the South Caucasus Countries at the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit of the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank.
A Colombian national, he holds a PhD candidacy in Economics (all but one paper) with a focus on monetary policy and industrial organization from Georgetown University (US), a Master in Economic Development also from Georgetown University (US), and a Master in Economic Development from the University of the Andes (Colombia).
At the World Bank, he has authored major pieces on trade and competitiveness (for the South Caucasus Countries); fiscal rules (Argentina); growth and structural reforms (Paraguay); tax policy, oil Revenue management, financial sector vulnerability, and global value chain analysis (Kazakhstan); public expenditure, debt management, agriculture and private sector development (Kyrgyz Republic); and, private sector development and social policies (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
He has also led or contributed substantially to several Development Policy Operations in Georgia (competitiveness and growth), Armenia (safety nets, mining, competition and conflict of interest in the public sector), Paraguay (management and accountability of state-owned enterprises), and Kyrgyz Republic (utility and energy sector reforms, pension reforms). Finally, Mr. Rodríguez has also contributed to various analytical pieces in Hungary, Albania, and Slovenia.
Before joining the Bank, Mr. Rodriguez worked for the Special Studies unit in the Research Department of the Central Bank of Colombia focusing on issues, such as the determinants of private investments and savings, growth modeling, and the financial behavior of private corporations over the business cycles.