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Juan Carlos Hidalgo is a policy analyst on Latin America at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. Previously he was Latin America director of the International Policy Network. He writes frequently on Latin American affairs and his articles have been published in the International New York Times, Miami Herald, Forbes, Huffington Post, New York Post, and leading Spanish-language newspapers such as El País (Spain), La Nación (Argentina), El Tiempo (Colombia), El Universal (Mexico), and El Mercurio (Chile), among others. He’s a weekly columnist in La Nación, Costa Rica’s most influential daily. He appears regularly on CNN en Español, NTN24, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, and a variety of other international TV and radio outlets. Hidalgo received his BA in international relations from the Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica and holds a master’s degree in international commerce and policy from George Mason University. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

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Cato Studies

Growth without Poverty Reduction: The Case of Costa Rica

Economic Development Bulletin No. 18. January 23, 2014.

Trade Agreement Would Promote U.S. Exports and Colombian Civil Society

Free Trade Bulletin No. 44. February 15, 2011.

El Salvador: A Central American Tiger?

Development Policy Analysis No. 8. March 9, 2009.


The Rise of Emerging Economies: Challenges and Liberal Perspectives

The Friedrich Naumann Stifftung. November 5, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals

10. Relations with Cuba

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

Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America’s Soul by Michael Reid

Cato Journal. Fall 2008.