Claudio M. Loser, a national of Argentina, is a Senior Fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based forum for opinion leaders and policymakers on Western Hemisphere affairs, since early 2003.
Loser has an extensive background in economic issues in Latin America. He graduated from the University of Cuyo in Argentina and received his Masters of Arts and PhD from the University of Chicago in 1967 and 1971, respectively. He taught international economics and finance at the University of Cuyo and at American University in Washington, D.C. He was also a consultant at the Andean Group in Lima, Per?.
From 1994 to November 2002, Loser was managing director of Western Hemisphere Department (North- and South America) in the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He was responsible for a number of loan packages for the countries of the region. He joined IMF in 1972, where he had different leading positions in the Western Hemisphere Department. He previously worked in Exchange and Trade Restrictions Department (today Policy Development and Review Department), where he worked with foreign debt and loan agreements and participated in the International Monetary Fund's official visit in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.
Loser has participated in a large number of international conferences and has published in numerous journals, mostly on Latin American economic issues. Recently, he worked closely with the G-24, the Andean Finance Corporation (CAF), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America (CEPAL), and with a number of financial corporations also dealing with developments in Latin America and the evolving relations between these countries and the IMF. He has cooperated extensively with representatives of the press and of academic circles, both in the US and in Latin America.
In 2004, Loser participated in the development of the book Enemigos, (Grupo Editorial Norma, Buenos Aires), together with the journalist Ernesto Tenembaum, where they discuss the relations between the IMF and Argentina during the 1990s. Currently he is completing a study on the relationship between Latin American countries and the IMF, from the point of view of regional participants and observers.
Selected Publications:"External Debt Sustainability: Guidelines for Low and Middle Income Countries." G-24 Discussion Paper Series, No. 26, March 2004.
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2006