I have been encouraged to improve my knowledge of economic development through my professional, academic, and research experience. As a professional, several experiences have had a significant impact on me. As an economic analyst of the largest retailers’ association in Colombia, I acknowledged the substantial role reliable statistical information has for decision making and for strengthening the negotiation and institutional power among state and private entities. Finally, my experience at the National Administrative Department of Statistics of Colombia, where I was part of the team carrying out the National Statistical Plan, highlighted the complexity of participating in designing, planning and implementing public policy due to the different goals of institutions. This made me recognize the importance of negotiations and collaboration and intensified my interest in institutional mechanisms that permit productivity and competitiveness within economic development policies.
My academic experience has developed my strong critical interpretation abilities and methodological skills going beyond the design, interpretation and analysis of databases. My undergraduate thesis is a reflection on the postulates of social justice, morality, institutions and using mathematics on applied economics across the pioneer General Equilibrium Model theorized by Leon Walras. The main conclusions I reached were that private property and institution defense is fundamental for applied economic policies. Equally fundamental are the relevance and pertinence of the mathematical models in economic decision-making, provided that the importance of linking to non-mercantile relationships–institutions, culture, administrative management, etc. – in the behavior of economic agents and economic results, is not neglected. In addition, my postgraduate studies, specialized in International Trade, followed by a Master’s degree in International Enterprise Management, have strengthened my comprehension of the productive transformation generated by international trade, production growth, and the administrative structure of companies. In order to be awarded the postgraduate degree I carried out a research project entitled “Development of a system for the potential exporting markets’ election as from a variable economic indicator”.
Ultimately, as a researcher I believe that publishing and speaking are important elements in improving science. I consider that the most important paper I have published on public policy is the e-book “The Colombian Manufacturing Industry in the Global Economy”. After defining the critical sectorial factors needed to successfully advance the productive transformation strategy such as technological innovation, quality of work, management practice, competitive markets, I am interested in finding a correlation and causality between deindustrialization and each factor. I want to propose economic policy actions in order to diminish triggers of deindustrialization.