Kenneth Coates


Kenneth Coates, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Specialization: International Affairs
Master of International Affairs program


About Professor Coates

Kenneth Coates joined the faculty of Rockefeller College in fall 2016 as a member of the economics team for the Master of International Affairs program. His main interests are in the macroeconomics of development, international finance and central banking, while his career has alternated between multilateral institutions, national government and academia. Although his work has taken him all over the world, he has specialized in Latin America. As Director General at Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinamericanos (CEMLA – the association of central banks in Latin America and the Caribbean) in Mexico City, he served for a decade promoting cooperation among members through capacity-building, technical assistance and research activities. During his tenure, CEMLA partnered with multilateral development banks and bilateral aid agencies to introduce multiyear TA programs in remittances, payment systems and debt sustainability analysis for the region. He previously served on the Board at the World Bank as Executive Director for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay, later representing Uruguay in its external debt negotiations as Financial Representative in Washington. During his Washington years, Dr. Coates was an active proponent of greater involvement by the Bretton Woods institutions in seeking a lasting solution to the external debt crisis of the 1980’s. Dr. Coates began his career at the International Monetary Fund, after earning a PhD in Economics at Stanford University. His undergraduate studies were at Long Island University, Brooklyn Center. His teaching activies began in Montevideo at the state Universidad de la Republica (UDELAR) where he held the chair in economic development theory and concurrently held an advisory position at the Ministry of Finance. In subsequent returns to Uruguay following his long stays abroad, he taught undergraduate and graduate economics courses at the more recently founded private universities ORT and Universidad de Montevideo (UM).

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