New CIGI senior fellow Martin Guzman to investigate sovereign debt crises in Greece and Argentina

News Release

September 14, 2015

Waterloo, Canada — The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to welcome sovereign debt expert Martin Guzman to provide research and commentary on economies in crisis, and sovereign debt restructuring in Argentina and Greece.

Investigating the management of severe sovereign debt crises is a key research theme of CIGI’s Global Economy Program.

“We are pleased to welcome Martin to CIGI’s leading group of sovereign debt experts,” says CIGI Director of the Global Economy Program Domenico Lombardi. “CIGI’s scholarship in this area is recognized worldwide and Martin’s research will significantly add to the range of proposals and recommendations that CIGI has advanced so far.”

During his fellowship with CIGI, Guzman will contribute to two projects: the first will be an autopsy of Argentina’s 2001 default and restructuring, presented in a scholarly paper set to be released in January 2016. The second project will investigate Greece’s sovereign debt crisis and the implication for sovereign lending markets. This research initiative will also culminate in a paper, to be published next spring.

“I am pleased to join CIGI’s Global Economy Program, an institution with one of the strongest research groups on sovereign debt restructuring in the world,” says CIGI Senior Fellow Martin Guzman. “I hope joining efforts with CIGI’s experts will contribute both to a deeper understanding of the existing deficiencies in sovereign lending markets and to the development of concrete policy proposals for achieving more efficient and equitable resolutions of sovereign debt crises.”

Along with his new appointment as a CIGI senior fellow with the Global Economy Program, Martin is a research fellow at Columbia University Graduate School of Business, he is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Globalization and Development, a member of the Institute for New Economic Thinking Research Group on Macroeconomic Instabilities and Externalities, and a co-chair of Columbia University’s Initiative for Public Dialogue Taskforce on Debt Restructuring and Sovereign Bankruptcy. He is also an associate professor at the University of Buenos Aires. Holding multiple economics degrees from Universidad Nacional de La Plata and Brown University, Guzman carries a deep understanding of global economic policy and Bretton Woods institutions.

Other CIGI experts investigating the management of severe sovereign debt crises include Senior Fellows Susan Schadler, Gregory Makoff, Miranda Xafa, Richard Gitlin, Steven Schwarcz and Mark Jewett. These researchers are exploring innovative approaches to debt restructuring and reforms for the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) lending framework.

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