Eduardo Lora, a native of Colombia, is the Chief Economist a.i. and General Manager of the Research Department at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. He received his Masters (M.Sc.) from the London School of Economics in 1982 and was a visiting researcher at Oxford University in 1989. Prior to joining the Bank in 1996 he served five years as Executive Director of Fedesarrollo, one of the most important research centers in Latin America.
He has written various textbooks including Técnicas de Medición Económica (Methods of Economic Measurement), which is now in its fourth edition and has been reprinted 12 times. He has additionally edited a dozen books on economic and social policy issues, the most recent of which is The State of State Reform in Latin America. He has been the academic coordinator of the following issues of the IDB’s flagship annual publication: Latin America after a Decade of Reforms (1997), Facing Up to Inequality in Latin America (1998/99), Development Beyond Economics (2000), Competitiveness: The Business of Growth (2001) and Beyond Facts: Understanding Quality of Life(2008). He has a regular column in the Colombian magazine Dinero and has published numerous academic articles. His academic and professional awards include the title of "Distinguished Alumnus" of the London School of Economics.