Roque Benjamin Fernandez is an Argentine economist, former President of the Central Bank, and Economy Minister, as well as the only member of the Chicago Boys ever to have been the chief economic policy maker in Argentina.
Fernandez was born in Cordoba, Argentina and holds a CPA from the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba and a PhD in Economics from the same university. In 1973 he obtained a scholarship from the Ford Foundation and went on to earn a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1975.
Since its foundation in 1978, he has been a member of the board of directors and faculty of the Universidad del CEMA, where he taught Monetary Theory. Fernandez was appointed President of the Central Bank of Argentina on February 5, 1991, by recommendation of the new Economy Minister, Domingo Cavallo. As such, he was instrumental in managing the Argentine Currency Board that served as a guarantor of Cavallo's Convertibility Plan in its early years, and which helped maintain a 1:1 parity between the Argentine peso and the US dollar. He remained at the post until August 4, 1996, when President Carlos Menem removed Cavallo following a political dispute, and Fernandez became Minister of the Economy on August 6, 1996, serving in that capacity until Menem's retirement on December 10, 1999.
Academia Nacional de Ciencias Economicas.
Statement by Mr. Roque B. Fernandez
Roque Fernandez at IDEAS
Roque Fernandez in Fortuna Magazine
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