Fernando Masi–Guest Speaker @ Annual Meeting

Fernando Masi

Thanks to Melissa Birch and the University of Kansas for bringing Paraguayan Economist Fernando Masi to Kansas.

You can view Sr. Masi’s presentation here:

Mr. Masi obtained a Masters Degree in Foreign Affairs from SAIS- The Johns Hopkins University (Washington D.C.) with emphasis in International Economics, Latin American Studies and North American Foreign Policy. He complemented his M.A. with post graduate studies in Applied Economics from American University (Washington D.C.). He has B.A. in Sociology from Universidad Católica de Asunción.

In the last ten years, he has specialized in international trade and integration, developed more than ten research projects on regional integration in South America, the participation of Paraguay in Mercosur, competitiveness of industrial sectors in Mercosur, special and differential treatment in the different international integration agreements and the case of small economies in FTAA and Mercosur. Also Mr. Masi has been professor at the Universidad Católica in Asunción in courses on economic development and integration and workshops for the private sector on issues related to integration.

His research work and consulting matters related to international trade have been supported by multilateral organizations and bilateral agencies; and by European and Canadian foundations. His work is oriented to FTAA matters; its repercussion in Mercosur and other schemes in the integration in Latin America, as well as in small economies participating in FTAA.

Academic Background
· Master in Foreign Affairs (Economics and International Policy). SAIS – Johns Hopkins University, 1981

· B.A. in Sociology. Universidad Católica de Asunción. 1977

Areas of Expertise

· International Trade

· Integration

· Foreign Direct Investment

Present Position (s)

· Director, CADEP (Centro de Análisis y Difusión de la Economía Paraguaya)

Previous Position (s)

· Member and researcher at CADEP

· Visiting Researcher – North-South Center, University of Miami

· Consultant for Integration Issues at the Inter-American Development Bank

· Consultant for United Nations Development Program

Other Activities and Memberships

· Member of Latin American Trade Network (LATN)

· Member of Red Mercosur

Recent Publications

  • “Las Economías Pequeñas en el Mercosur: Evolución y Perspectivas de Desarrollo” (co-autor). In: D. Chudnovsky y J. Fanelli (coord.). El desafío de integrarse para crecer. Balance y Perspectivas del Mercosur en su primera década. Siglo XXI Editors-Red Mercosur – BID. Madrid, 2001.

  • “Preferential Treatment in Trade: Is there any Room left in the Americas?”. North-South Center Agenda Paper, No. 49. August 2001.The University of Miami.

  • “El Caso paraguayo” En: D. Chudnovsky (coord.) El boom de inversion extranjera directa en el Mercosur. Siglo XXI-Red Mercosur. Madrid – Bs. Aires, 2001.

  • “El ALCA enfrenta un viejo desafío: acomodar las asimetrías”. North-South Center Policy Report. Report presented at the Sexto Foro Empresarial de las Américas (Bs. Aires). April, 2001.

  • Evaluación del Rol de las Regiones Fronterizas en el Proceso de Desarrollo Económico del Paraguay. Tres Estudios de Casos (co-author). Banco Central del Paraguay. Departamento de Economía Internacional. Asunción, 2000.

  • “Hacia una Política de Competitividad en el Paraguay”. In: D. Borda y F. Masi (eds.) Los Retos de la Competitividad. CADEP. Asunción, May 2000.

  • “Paraguay y el Mercosur”. En: Informe Mercosur. Enero-Junio 1998. BID-INTAL. Buenos Aires, September 1998.

  • “Repercusiones del Mercosur sobre la economía paraguaya” (coauthor). En: D. Borda y F. Masi (eds.): Estabilización y Ajuste de las Economías del Mercosur. CADEP. Asunción, 1998.

  • “Paraguay en el Mercosur: Posibilidades de un Mercado Ampliado”. Propuestas Democráticas, Año II, Vol. II, No. 7. . Asunción, July-September 1995

  • “Gestión Pública e Integración en el Paraguay”. Cuadernos de Discusión. Centro de Análisis y Difusión de Economía Paraguaya. Asunción, April, 1995.

  • “Relaciones Comerciales Estados Unidos-Mercosur: La Agenda Minilateral. El Caso de Paraguay” Serie de Documentos e Informes de Investigación. Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales FLACSO. Buenos Aires Program. Argentina, July 1994.

  • Paraguay en el Mercosur. Empresarios ante la Integración (coauthor). Instituto Paraguayo Para la Integración de América Latina. Asunción, December, 1991.

  • El Paraguay y la Integración Regional. Primeros Enfoques (coauthor). Instituto Para la Integración de América Latina. Asunción, November, 1990.

Current Research Projects

  • “Visión Microeconómica de los Impactos de la Integración Regional en las Inversiones Inter e Intrarregionales.” BID-INTAL

  • “Relaciones Mercosur-ALCA y políticas de ampliación.” Tinker Foundation – Red Mercosur.

Recommended Links

· Inter-American Developent Bank

· Inter-American Developent Bank–INTAL con enlaces a acuerdos de integración latinoamericanos

· O.A.S.

· ECLAC

· UNCTAD

· World Trade Organization

Areas of Interest

Economics and State Reform
Poverty and Inequality


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