Washington, DC: Speaker Series

"Reform of the IMF and World Bank: Where Do Things Stand?"

Anthony Elson, Visiting Fellow, LSE

The International Policy & Economics Lecture Series (IPE) features numerous prominent LSE alumni in the Washington, DC area.

Attendance is $5 AFLSE members/$10 non-members.
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Event Location:
King and Spalding LLP
1700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006-4706

A wine and cheese reception will follow the lecture.

AFLSE DC IPE Lecture Series:
March 28 - Dr. Richard Weitz , Senior Fellow, The Hudson Institute
April 25- Dennis McBride , President, The Potomac Institute
May 30 - Anthony Elson , Visiting Fellow, The London School of Economics and Political Science
June 27 - Steven Payson , Chief, Special Studies Branch, Bureau of Economic Analysis
July 11 - Margaret McCown , Senior Analyst, National Defense University

(Please click on link for details on each event.)

Mr. Elson has extensive experience in macroeconomic analysis and statistics, as well as the design and evaluation of economic policy reform, as a result of a number of senior positions with the International Monetary Fund, including Senior Advisor in the Asia and Pacific and Western Hemisphere Departments and Deputy Director of the Statistics Department. More recently, he has been an economic consultant with the World Bank involved in the evaluation of the Bank's analytical and advisory services to member countries, in particular in the Latin American region.

During his tenure at the IMF, Mr. Elson worked with a number of developing, transition, and emerging-market economies in East Asia and Latin America. This work involved dialogue with high-level government officials on macroeconomic policies and prospects and the negotiation of the use of IMF financing in support of economic adjustment programs. He has also been involved in the design of poverty reduction and growth strategies (e.g., with Cambodia and Vietnam), in close coordination with the World Bank. More recently, Mr. Elson was a member of expert panels that assessed the quality and impact of the World Bank's analytical and advisory work with Brazil and Chile during the period 2001-04.

As part of his experience in the IMF, Mr. Elson coordinated the Fund's technical assistance operations in statistical development. In this connection, he led multi-sector statistical teams advising the governments of Mongolia and Zambia on the improvement and up-grading of their statistical systems, and led training workshops in the compilation and use of macroeconomic statistics. In addition, Mr. Elson was involved in the development of the Fund's Data Dissemination Standards, and was chairman of its inter-departmental Task Force which coordinated the IMF's work program in monitoring member country observance of international standards and codes for policy transparency and financial system regulation.

Mr. Elson is a graduate of Yale University, and received a master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, followed by a doctorate in economics from that same institution. During 2003-04, he was a Senior Associate member of St. Antony's College (Oxford University), and a Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. Since that time, he has been a Professorial Lecturer in the development economics program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Visiting Lecturer in the program in international development policy at the Duke University Center for International Development.

Mr. Elson has written papers and given talks on the comparative economic development of East Asia and Latin America, financial crises and reform of the international financial architecture, and capital market development and financial integration in East Asia.