Chile – the first South American country to be invited to join the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – has led South and Central America in The Heritage Foundation’s annual Index of Economic Freedom since 2000. Chile continues to be a beacon of economic freedom in South America, standing firmly against efforts to undermine free markets by populist governments in Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador. As the South American continent goes through a period of transition, Chile remains committed to the promotion of economic growth through the principles of freedom. A leader in free trade and open markets, Chile is participating in negotiations with the U.S. and nine other countries to sign a Trans-Pacific Partnership. Under the Piñera government, Chile is dedicated to limited government and the rule of law. Join us as one of Chile’s highest ranking policymakers discusses his country’s performance in the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom.
Dr. Cristián Larroulet serves as the primary advisor to Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. Before joining the Cabinet, Dr. Larroulet had an extensive and highly successful academic career, including positions on the faculties at the Catholic University of Chile and the University of Chile. He received his Economics training at the University of Chicago. Minister Larroulet was also one of the founders, in 1990, and long-time President of Libertad y Desarrollo (or LyD, meaning “freedom and development”), the most prominent free-market think in Chile and a coalition partner of The Heritage Foundation. A privately-funded study and research institute, LyD is independent of any political, religious, business or governmental ties and is dedicated to the analysis of public affairs and the promotion of the values and principles of a free society.
More About the Speakers
Dr. Cristián Larroulet
Minister and Secretary-General of the Presidency of Chile
James M. Roberts
Research Fellow For Economic Freedom and Growth