Residency: Feb. 2–13, 2009
Patricio Meller had two guest lectures in GPS classes and a private event sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization. He served as a profound resource for GPS students interested in the culture, politics and economics of South America. He was also on a panel discussing the new direction the Obama Administration will take with Latin America.
Patricio Meller teaches in the department of industrial engineering at the University of Chile. He holds an M.S. in engineering and a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley. He served as chair of Chile’s Presidential Advisory Council for Social Equity (2007 – 2008) under President Michelle Bachelet. He has been involved as an economist and researcher with the Latin American Economic Research Center (CIEPLAN) since it was founded in 1976. He served as executive director of the organization from 1990 to 1993 and as executive director of the Economic Policy Seminar for Latin America program within CIEPLAN from 1990 to 2000. He has written and edited 13 books, and has published articles in 66 journals and books specializing in economics.