Regional expertise, research, and events
The Latin America Initiative familiarizes students with Latin American current affairs and economic issues through:
- fostering the global connections of Brandeis IBS’ faculty
- bringing high-profile speakers from Latin America to share their experiences and perspectives with our students
- organizing on-campus cultural celebrations for students
Through these efforts, we provide our students with a first-hand interaction with Latin America that reflects Brandeis IBS' vision of global exposure.
Thought Leadership on Campus
Professor Aldo Musacchio is an Associate Professor, Director of the MA program and the Director of the Brazil Initiative at Brandeis IBS. His teaching examines the challenges and opportunities afforded to firms in emerging and frontier markets. His research focuses on the internationalization strategies of state-owned enterprises and the innovation behavior of large multinationals with government financial support. In his book, Reinventing State Capitalism: Leviathan in Business, Brazil and Beyond (Harvard Press, 2014), he and his coauthor Sergio G. Lazzarini study the corporate governance reforms of state-owned enterprises around the world, and look into the pitfalls of such reforms. Professor Musacchio consults for multilateral agencies such as the OECD and Interamerican Development Bank. Before joining the faculty at Brandeis IBS, he taught at Harvard Business School as part of the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit (BGIE). In 2012, he won the Manuel Esponosa Yglesias Prize for his research on foreign banks in Mexico (together with Stephen Haber). In 2007, he was selected as one of the "30 most promising professionals in their thirties" by Mexican business magazine Expansion. During his spare time, Musacchio is a member of the board of trustees of LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas.
Economic development and social responsibility
Less than a year after the founding of Brandeis IBS’ Latin Club, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo sat down with students to discuss contemporary issues surrounding economic development and corporate social responsibility.
"At Brandeis IBS we are the ambassadors of our countries,” said Jaime Vergara, MBA ’12. “It is our goal to show the value that we as Latinos have in Latin America."
Faculty Insights on Latin America
Assistant Professor Ricardo López, a native of Chile, joined the faculty in 2010, following four years as an economic advisor to the Chilean minister of economy. His research focuses on economic growth in Latin America, particularly through one of his most recent publications.