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Monica de Bolle

Riordan Roett Chair in Latin American Studies

Director, Latin American Studies and Emerging Markets Specialization (on leave AY 19-20)

About

Monica de Bolle holds the Riordan Roett Chair in Latin American Studies and is the Director of the Latin American Studies Program and the Emerging Markets Specialization (on leave during the 2019-20 academic year). She is also a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Previously, de Bolle served as the JHU SAIS Practitioner in Residence of International Economics and Emerging Markets, and a member of the school's adjunct faculty. Named as "Honored Economist" in 2014 by the Order of Brazilian Economists for her contributions to the Brazilian policy debate, de Bolle focuses on macroeconomics, foreign exchange policy, monetary and fiscal policy, trade and inequality, financial regulation, and capital markets. Previously de Bolle was a director of the Institute for Economic Policy Research (IEPE/Casa das Garças), a prestigious think tank based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has also worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund.


De Bolle has authored and coauthored a number of books on the global economy and Brazil's policy challenges, including her most recent book How to Kill the Blue Butterfly: A Chronicle of the Dilma Era (2016), which remained on Brazil´s best seller lists for several weeks and was a finalist for Premio Jabuti, a prestigious literature prize. Other publications include: The State of the World Economy to Challenges and Responses: Essays in Honor of Pedro S. Malan (2014), The Future of Brazilian Manufacturing: The Deindustrialization Debate (2013), New Dilemmas in Economic Policy (2011), Financial Regulation Reform in the US: New Global Architecture and the Brazilian Regulatory Context (2009), and How to Respond to the Global Financial Crisis? Economic Policies for Brazil (2009).

Her views on Brazil's economy and economic policy have been published widely by the international and Brazilian media. She contributes regularly to major Brazilian newspapers O Globo and O Estado de São Paulo. 

De Bolle obtained her BA in economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and holds a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Expertise

Regions

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Latin America
  • Mexico

Topics

  • Capital Markets
  • Emerging Markets
  • Financial Crises
  • Financial Regulation
  • Foreign Exchange Policy
  • Macroeconomics
  • Monetary and Fiscal Policy
  • Trade and Inequality

Languages

  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

In the News

A carbon tax for the United States?

Monica de Bolle wrote for Peterson Institute for International Economics, 9/30

Right-wing nationalists tend to deny climate change.

Monica de Bolle wrote for Peterson Institute for International Economics, 9/20

Preserving the Amazon: A shared moral imperative.

Monica de Bolle testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, 9/10

The rise of economic nationalism threatens global cooperation.

Monica de Bolle wrote for Peterson Institute for International Economics, 9/4

What Bolsonaro’s presidency means for Brazil and the Amazon.

Monica de Bolle interviewed on PBS NewsHour, 8/27

Latin America hangs on to its economic gloom.

Monica de Bolle quoted in The Wall Street Journal, 8/25

Measuring the rise of economic nationalism.

Monica de Bolle wrote for Peterson Institute for International Economics, 8/23

New deal on the bloc.

Benjamin N. Gedan interviewed Monica de Bolle on the Argentina Project Podcast, 7/16

The real story of Brazil’s pension reform.

Monica de Bolle wrote in Americas Quarterly, 7/11

Can the Bolsonaro government fix Brazil's economy?

Monica de Bolle quoted in Americas Society Council of the Americas LatAm in Focus, 7/10

Assessing the first six months of the Bolsonaro administration in Brazil.

Monica de Bolle participated in a panel discussion for The Wilson Center, 7/1

Brazil business: Bolsonaro disappoints.

Monica de Bolle cited in Latinvex, 6/19

Brazil’s Odebrecht files for bankruptcy protection.

Monica de Bolle quoted in Associated Press, 6/18

Elizabeth Warren's "A Plan for Economic Patriotism"—annotated and explained.

Monica de Bolle wrote for Peterson Institute for International Economics, 6/17

Recession looms for Mexico with Trump threatening new tariffs.

Monica de Bolle quoted in Bloomberg, 5/31

Argentina’s election won’t change its economic options.

Monica de Bolle quoted in Bloomberg Opinion, 5/28

Trump and Venezuela: Who takes responsibility for a disaster?

Monica de Bolle wrote for Peterson Institute for International Economics, 5/23

Venezuela crisis unites Trump and Bolsonaro — for now.

Monica de Bolle wrote in Financial Times, 5/14

Brazil’s BNDES: The Levy factor.

Monica de Bolle quoted in Latinvex, 4/17

Was money to help women in Brazil’s politics funneled to men?

Monica de Bolle quoted in The New York Times, 4/12

How to stop Venezuela’s hyperinflation? Brazil offers an idea.

Monica de Bolle wrote in Americas Quarterly, 4/3

What will changes at BNDES mean for Brazil’s businesses?

Monica de Bolle interviewed in Latin America Advisor, 4/3

Brazil’s generals viewed as voice of moderation in populist government.

Monica de Bolle quoted in Financial Times, 3/31

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s apprentice president.

Monica de Bolle quoted in The Economist, 3/28

Is Brazil’s pension reform likely to get through Congress?

Monica de Bolle interviewed in Latin America Advisor, 3/14

Brazil’s Bolsonaro plays catch up with his cabinet.

Monica de Bolle quoted in Bloomberg, 2/15

U.S. asserts Guaido's control over key Venezuela bank accounts.

Monica de Bolle quoted in Bloomberg, 1/29