Luisa Blanco

Venezuela's National Assembly Elections of 2010 - What is at Stake?
By Luisa Blanco on September 28, 2010

The legislative elections of 2010 are important for Venezuela’s history as they might provide some power to the opposition.

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The financial crisis of 2008 and Latin American countries - What did we learn from the region?
By Luisa Blanco on June 15, 2010

Is there anything that we can learn from the experience of Latin American countries in terms of the policy response to the financial crisis?

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Luisa Blanco
Luisa Blanco

Luisa Blanco is an economist specializing in economic development and international economics. She received her PhD from the University of Oklahoma. She received her bachelor's degree in business administration in the field of finance and a master of business administration from Midwestern State University. Blanco has been at Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy since the fall of 2007. She teaches Applied Analysis of Public Policy II (Macroeconomics), Global Economics, and Latin American Economic Development for the Masters in Public Policy program at Pepperdine.   

Blanco's research focuses on issues related to policy-making in Latin American countries. She has done an analysis of the determinants of political instability in Latin America, and the impact of financial development and inequality on economic growth in the region. Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Development Studies, Southern Economic Journal, World Development, and Energy Economics. Blanco's current research projects on the Latin American region are related to the impact of natural resource dependence on capital accumulation, the causes explaining the rise of leftist movements, the impact of financial development on growth and the role of institutions, and incentives and deterrents to FDI in the Latin American region.

Blanco's research interests also include topics on public finance, specifically international taxation policy. Blanco has a special interest on better understanding the behavior of tax havens and their impact they have in other countries, particularly in less developed countries. With her empirical research, Blanco aims to provide useful recommendations for policy makers in the developing world.