sábado, 3 de marzo de 2012

Sachs ¿Al Banco Mundial?

Hace algunas semanas se anunció la renuncia del actual Presidente del Banco Mundial iniciando las especulaciones sobre quién será el reemplazo. Existe una regla implícita que otorga este puesto a un estadounidense. Se han mencionado nombres como los de Larry Summers o Hillary Clinton, pero en los últimos días, Jeff Sachs (reconocido académico economista) ha venido impulsando su candidatura, como lo sugiere en este artículo, How I would lead the World Bank, en el WP.
"I am ready to lead the bank into a new era of problem-solving. I will work with industry, governments and civil society to bring broadband to clinics, schools and health workers, creating a revolution of knowledge, disease control, quality education and small businesses. I will work with agronomists, veterinary scientists, engineers and communities to build prosperity in impoverished and violence-ridden dry lands.

I will work with engineers and financiers to harness the solar power of the deserts in the service of hundreds of millions in Asia and Africa who lack electricity. I will work with urban planners, architects and community organizations to help ensure that the developing world’s mega-cities are places to live and thrive
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Gerardo Esquivel, vía Twitter considera que es la opción.... yo no estoy tan seguro. Creo que es una buena opción, sin embargo, me gusta el post de Felix Salmon sobre el tema: Don´t send Sachs to teh World Bank.... en donde dice
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"But even if the next president of the World Bank is an American, we can still do better than Sachs. The reason that Sachs shouldn’t get the job is basically the same as the reason why Larry Summers shouldn’t get the job: he’s an arrogant economist who nearly always thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room. The presidency of the World Bank is a diplomatic position: if you want to do it effectively, you need to be able to wrangle not only the vast staff working for you, but also the various executive directors who are your superiors and who have a tendency to want to micromanage your decisions. Insofar as Jim Wolfensohn, say, was a successful World Bank president, he was successful because he was a smooth-talking investment banker who was expert at schmoozing important people." (negritas mías)
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Creo que esa es la gran enfermedad de los economistas en puestos importantes (ok no sólo de ellos). En México lo vivimos con nuestros líderes en distintas posiciones en el gobierno .... creo que es un punto válido de Salmon....