Gonzalo Varela
International Economist

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Gonzalo Varela is a Uruguayan International Economist, a Senior Economist at the World Bank, with the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, who holds a PhD and a Master in International Economics from the University of Sussex. His expertise lies in the economics of international trade and investment. In particular, on the analysis of firm-level dynamics in the context of increased integration. Recently he has been involved in research on multinationals from emerging economies, and on how the geography of their investment decisions depends on the institutional infrastructure that countries offer in the form of trade and investment agreements. In fact, in 2014 he published “New Voices in Investment”, a book based on a unique dataset of cross-border investors and potential investors of four emerging economies. He has also published papers in peer reviewed journals in these filed, and has worked in Uruguay, Chile, Indonesia and the United Kingdom prior to the World Bank. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Pisa.

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