How We Dollarized Ecuador

Hosted by the School of Public Policy and the Latin America and Caribbean Centre

Online public event


Jamil Mahuad

Jamil Mahuad

Professor Vanessa Rubio-Márquez

Professor Vanessa Rubio-Márquez


Dr Miguel Angel Santos

Dr Miguel Angel Santos


Professor Andrés Velasco

Professor Andrés Velasco

Join Jamil Mahuad, former President of Ecuador, in this online event in which he will present his book, How We Dollarized Ecuador: Memoires of a historical success in Latin America (Así dolarizamos al Ecuador. Memorias de un acierto histórico en América Latina).

On 9 January Jamil Mahuad, then President of Ecuador, announced the dollarization of the Ecuadorian economy, putting end to a crisis of hyperinflation, capital flight and devaluation of the local currency. In this book, former President Mahuad and a group of his aides narrate for the first time the backstage story of this decision. It is indispensable reading for understanding recent history in Ecuador for those who want to gain insight into government decision-making in times of crisis.

Meet our speakers and chair

Jamil Mahuad, PhD in Jurisprudence (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador) and Master of Public Administration (Harvard Kennedy School). He served as Minister of Labor, representative of the National Congress, Mayor of Quito and President of Ecuador. He signed the Peace Treaty with Perú - Suscribió el Tratado de Paz definitivo con el Perú — which as President Clinton remarked “Resolved the Hemisphere’s last and oldest source of armed international conflict.”, and for which he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1999; he dollarized the Ecuadorian economy, and received the WWF’s Gift to the Earth Award in 1999. Since the year 2000 he teaches Leadership, Negotiation and Governance in Harvard University. enseña negociación, liderazgo y gobernabilidad at Harvard University. He is co-author, with Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro, of the book Using Emotions as You Negotiate (2005).

Vanessa Rubio-Márquez (@VRubioMarquez) is Associate Dean for Extended Education at the School of Public Policy at LSE.

Andrés Velasco (@AndresVelasco) is Professor of Public Policy and Dean of the School of Public Policy at LSE.

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The Latin America and Caribbean Centre (@LSE_LACC) is the focal point for LSE’s research and public engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean, the Centre builds upon the School’s long and important relationship with the region.

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