Daniel Lederman

World Bank
Lead Economist and Deputy Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean


Daniel Lederman became Lead Economist and Deputy Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Bank in May 2013.

Previously, he served as Lead Trade Economist in the World Bank’s International Trade Department (PRMTR), Senior Economist in the Development Research Group (DECRG), and Senior Economist and Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean.  Before joining the World Bank in 1995, he worked for the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. 

An economist and political scientist by training, Mr. Lederman has published numerous books and articles on a broad set of issues related to economic development, including financial crises, crime, political economy of economic reforms, economic growth, innovation, international trade and labor markets. His research has been published in the American Economic ReviewAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Law and EconomicsJournal of Development EconomicsEconomics and PoliticsJournal of International Business Studies, among others.  Book titles authored, coauthored or edited by Daniel Lederman include The Political Economy of Protection, Lessons from NAFTA (also published in Spanish as Lecciones del TLCAN), From Natural Resources to the Knowledge Economy (also published in Spanish as De los recursos naturales a la economía del conocimiento), Natural Resources: Neither Curse nor Destiny, and Does What You Export Matter?, Latin American Entrepreneurs: Many Firms but Little Innovation, and Latin America and the Rising South

Daniel Lederman holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and M.A. and PhD degrees from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was born in Santiago, Chile, on February 17, 1968.