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Miguel Kast

Miguel Kast Rist was a Chilean economist of the Chicago Boys group. He was most known for his role in public policies, where he promoted a greater focus of resources toward the needy.

Upon getting his Master in Economics at University of Chicago, Miguel Kast joins Odeplan (1973), the state agency that lead many public policy and economic changes after 1973. At Odeplan Miguel Kast focused most of his energies in creating the "map of extreme poverty", which would become the cornerstone of Chile's social development programs. In 1978 he becomes the head of Odeplan and uses his position to involve young professionals in the struggle against poverty by making them join Odeplan and by sending them to the country's outside regions to get insight into the real problems of Chile.

In 1980 Miguel Kast became Labour Minister under the Military government of Augusto Pinochet and in 1982 he became Governor of the Central Bank of Chile.

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Official webpage of Fundacion Miguel Kast

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