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Prof. Xavier Sala-i-Martin

Expert on Global Economics

Xavier Sala-i-Martin is a world renowned economist. He is a consultant to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, a member of the Counseling Board of Telefonica Catalunya, and an associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. As the chief economic advisor to the World Economic Forum, he is the author and intellectual father of the prestigious Global Competitiveness Index, published annually in the Global Competitiveness Report.

One of the world's leading economists

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In detail

Professor of Economics at Columbia University, Xavier is Doctor of Philosophy in Economics by Harvard University and has taught Economics at Yale and has been a research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Research in London. Xavier has been awarded various prizes and honorary professorships including the King Juan Carlos I Prize of Economics in 2004 which honours the best economist in Spain and Latin America and the Godó Prize of Jounalism in 2003. He is the author of numerous papers and books.

What he offers you

With a career spent both teaching and researching world economics, Xavier is in the privileged position to be able to offer decision makers essential information crucial for companies wishing to do business in today's volatile markets. As a special advisor to the World Economic Forum, he continuously monitors the global competitiveness of all economies around the world.

How he presents

An experienced teacher, Xavier clearly explains and puts across complex ideas in an easy to understand format. With a reputation for humorous and enlightening presentations, he is in great demand as a speaker at leading conferences around the world.


He presents in English, Spanish and Catalan.

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Speaking topics

  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Monetary and Health Economics
  • Social Security
  • The Effects of Globalisation
  • Global Economic and Business Competitiveness

Books and publications

  • 2024
    De la Sabana a Marte
  • 2020
    The Invasion of Robots and Other Economic Tales of Economics
  • 2010
    I See It That Way
  • 2005
    The Liberal Economics for Non Economist and Non Liberals
  • 2005
    Social Security in Theory and Practice
  • 2003 - Current
    Global Competitiveness Report (WEF)
  • 2003
    Economic Growth (2nd Edition, with Robert J. Barro)

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