Otaviano Canuto

Vice President and Head of PREM Network

Otaviano Canuto is Vice President and Head of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network, a division of more than 700 economists and other professionals working on economic policy, poverty reduction, and analytic work for the World Bank’s client countries. He took up his position on May 4, 2009, after serving as the Vice President for Countries at the Inter-American Development Bank since June 2007.

Dr. Canuto provides strategic leadership and direction to Regional PREM units as well as groups working on economic policy formulation in the area of growth and poverty, debt, trade, gender, and public sector management and governance. He is also involved in managing the Bank’s overall interactions with key partner institutions including the IMF, the OECD and regional development banks.

Dr. Canuto was Executive Director at the Board of the World Bank in 2004-2007. He also served in the Brazilian Ministry of Finance, where he was Secretary for International Affairs. He was Professor of Economics at the University of São Paulo and University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil.


10 June 2015
The end of the upswing phase of the commodity price super-cycle after its peak in 2011 has lowered economic growth prospects in most of Latin America. While that broad statement can hardly be disputed, chapter 3 of the latest IMF Western Hemisphere Regional Economic Outlook called attention to...

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26 September 2012
Neste artigo, os autores sustentam que não é possível estabelecer uma relação clara entre abundância de recursos naturais e níveis de renda per capita. A abundância de recursos naturais é intuitivamente considerada uma bênção. Contudo, há algumas décadas, tem-se argumentado que grandes dotações de...
4 July 2012
An abundance of natural resources is intuitively expected to be a blessing. Nonetheless, it has been argued for some decades that large endowments of natural resources—oil, gas, and minerals in particular—may actually become more of a curse, often leading to slow economic growth and redistributive...
2 February 2012
Os impactos da crise econômica de 2008-2009 sobre o comércio internacional foram enormes, com queda de cerca de 10% nos fluxos comerciais globais. Mesmo assim, Brasil, China, Índia e Indonésia apresentaram taxas de crescimento positivas nos fluxos de comércio entre 2007 e 2009. Este artigo sustenta...