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Ian Vásquez is the director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. His articles have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States and Latin America, and he is a columnist at El Comercio (Peru). Vásquez has appeared on CNBC, NBC, C-SPAN, CNN, Telemundo, Univisión, and Canadian Television, as well as National Public Radio and Voice of America, discussing foreign policy and development issues.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and his master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-author of The Human Freedom Index, editor of Global Fortune: The Stumble and Rise of World Capitalism and coeditor of Perpetuating Poverty: The World Bank, the IMF and the Developing World. He has testified numerous times in the U.S. Congress on economic development issues.

Vásquez has been a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of the Mont Pèlerin Society.

More from Ian Vásquez


Angry Mexico

Global Americans. June 21, 2018.

How to Run a Drug Cartel

Reason. March 3, 2016.

The New Propaganda

Huffington Post. October 30, 2015.

Cato Studies

The New Approach to Foreign Aid: Is the Enthusiasm Warranted?

Foreign Policy Briefing No. 79. September 17, 2003.

Reauthorize or Retire the Overseas Private Investment Corporation?

Foreign Policy Briefing No. 78. September 15, 2003.

Rethinking the Export-Import Bank

Trade Briefing Paper No. 15. March 12, 2002.


An Index of Freedom in the World

Towards a Worldwide Index of Human Freedom. 2013.

Will the Resource Curse Stifle Democracy in Libya?

CQ Global Researcher. December 20, 2009.

Peter Bauer: Blazing the Trail of Development

Econ Journal Watch. Vol. 4. No. 2. May 2007.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Peter Bauer Was Not a Cultural Pessimist: Comment on McCloskey

Cato Journal. Fall 2018.

10. Relations with Cuba

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017).

A Retrospective on the Mexican Bailout

Cato Journal. Winter 2002.