Roberto Lavagna is an Argentine economist and politician, and was the former Minister of Economy and Production of Argentina from April 27, 2002, to November 28, 2005.
Lavagna was born in the Saaverda section of Buenos Aires in 1942. His father, the owner of a linotype printing shop, relocated the family to the western suburb of Moron a few years later, and Lavagna enrolled at the University of Buenos Aires, where he graduated with a degree in political economy, in 1967. At the university, he met Claudine Marechal, a student from Belgium whom he married in 1970, and with whom he had three children.
Following the election of Peronist candidate Hector Campora in 1973, Lavagna was named National Director of Price Policy in the Commerce Secretariat, and was shortly afterwards named Director of Incomes Policy by the Economy Minister, Jose Ber Gelbard; as such he helped oversee a key policy initiative of Gelbard's "Social Pact," which sought to involve management in efforts to control inflation while raising stagnant median wages. Gelbard's resignation in November 1974 led to Lavagna's entry into the private sector following a stint at the Ministry of Public Works, becoming a member of the board of directors of La Cantabrica, a since closed Moron steelmaker, until 1976. He also co-founded Ecolatina, a think tank, in 1975, and was a member of the board of the Instutute for Applied Economics and Society (IdEAS), from 1980 to 1990.
La Nacion (5/19/2002)
La Nacion (12/30/2003)
Deutsche Welle (2/25/2005)
La Nacion (11/28/2005)
Financial Times (11/28/2005)
Ministry of Economy and Production
The Lavagna platform (2007)
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