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Mario Blejer


Mario Blejer is an Argentine economist and Central Bank official.

Blejer was born in Cordoba, Argentina, in 1948. He enrolled at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and graduated cum laude with degrees in Economics and Jewish History in 1970, as well as with a Master's Degree in Economics from the same institution, in 1972. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in the latter discipline at the University of Chicago (1975), and joined the Boston University Department of Economics as an Assistant Professor, where he remained until 1980.

Fallout from the international, 2008 financial crisis later forced the left-wing Argentine government of President Cristina Kirchner to seek domestic financing for growing public spending, as well as for foreign debt service obligations. The president ordered a US$6.7 billion account opened at the Central Bank for the latter purpose in December 2009, implying the use of the Central Bank's foreign exchange reserves, and drawing direct opposition from the institution's President, Martin Redrado. Following an impasse, Redrado was dismissed by President Kirchner on January 7, 2010, prior to which Economy Minister Amado Boudou had announced that Mario Blejer (who had expressed support for the measure) would be apointed in his stead. Clarin (1/7/2010) Redrado, however, refused to step down, and President Kirchner's decree removing him was overruled by Judge Maria Jose Sarmiento, reinstating Redrado as president of the central bank. La Nacion (1/8/2010)

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La Nacion (5/19/2002)

La Nacion (8/11/2002)

La Nacion (9/30/2002)

Clarin (12/3/2002)

Clarin (1/7/2010)

La Nacion (1/8/2010)

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