Former scholars

Indhira Santos

Expertise: Development microeconomics, public economics and organisational analysis. CV: Download CV

Indhira Santos was Research Fellow at Bruegel in June 2007 until July 2009, when she left to join the World Bank. She holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with a specialisation in economic development and public economics.

She was born and raised in the Dominican Republic where she studied economics as an undergraduate. She was Chief Researcher at the Economic research center of PUCMM University and worked for the Ministry of Finance. She has also worked for the central Bank of Turkey.

Indhira's research interests are development microeconomics, public economics and organisational analysis.

She coordinated Bruegel‘s project on the EU budget.

She is fluent in Spanish and English.

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Book/Special report

Memos to the new Commission- Europe's economic priorities 2010-2015

These Memos, addressed to the next Commission President and to the new European commissioners, are written by Bruegel Scholars and edited by Senior Research Fellow André Sapir and focus on key economic aspects of EU policy-making. The new Commission will enter office at a challenging time for Europe, the EU and the Commission itself. The […]

By: Zsolt Darvas, Jürgen von Hagen, Reinhilde Veugelers, Nicolas Véron, Bruno van Pottelsberghe, André Sapir, Indhira Santos, Lars-Hendrik Röller, Jean Pisani-Ferry and Jakob von Weizsäcker Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: August 27, 2009
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Policy Brief

A better process for a better budget

This policy brief provides a practical solution to facilitate reform of the EU budget decision-making process, overcome the detachment of EU spending from political priorities and increase focus on EU public goods. As the negotiations for the next financial framework are expected to start in less than two years, the window of opportunity for reform […]

By: Susanne Neheider and Indhira Santos Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: July 28, 2009
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Policy Contribution

EU Cohesion policy: some fundamental questions

Indhira Santos analyses the impact of the European Union‘s cohesion policy both in terms of economic efficiency and redistribution to needy areas of the EU. She illustrates with data the confusion created by the multiple objectives of current EU cohesion policy and by the political horse-trading over levels of aid granted to different member states […]

By: Indhira Santos Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: May 31, 2009
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Working Paper

Reframing the EU budget- decision-making process

This paper traces the history of the EU budget and draws lessons for the review to come. Whatever reforms are proposed, the authors believe that they must serve to shift spending to policy areas and instruments where the EU can best add value while at the same time recognising the political need for member states […]

By: Indhira Santos and Susanne Neheider Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: May 31, 2009
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Policy Contribution

Reshaping the global economy

Jean Pisani-Ferry and Indhira Santos observe that the crisis and the national responses to it have started to reshape the global economy. But beyond the specifics of shock transmission, the crisis has also exposed that, in spite of regional integration and the emergence of new economic powers, the global economy lacks resilience. The authors explain […]

By: Jean Pisani-Ferry and Indhira Santos Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: March 30, 2009
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Policy Brief

The new food equation: do EU policies add up?

This policy brief, Juan Delgado and Indhira Santos look at how EU policies should be adjusted to the higher food prices. The brief makes three policy recommendations: innovation in biofuels should be encouraged but biofuels targets should be abandoned as they are expensive and distort agricultural and energy markets. Freer trade is needed for both […]

By: Juan Delgado and Indhira Santos Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: July 19, 2008
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Blog Post

The non-response of the G8 to the food crisis

Juan Delgado and Indhira Santos argue that although the right issues are on the G8 table, what it is still lacking, after one year of continuously increasing prices, is comprehensive action: the G8 leaders‘ statement on food security lacks a clear plan in the first two policy areas -trade and aid- and remains vague in […]

By: Juan Delgado and Indhira Santos Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: July 8, 2008
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Policy Brief

Is structural spending on solid foundations?

Bruegel‘s new policy brief ‘Is Structural Spending on Solid Foundations?‘ analyses the performance of EU structural funds, asking questions that need to be addressed in the ongoing budget review: Is each euro invested where it will yield the highest return? And how much real redistribution across regions occurs as a result of structural funds?

By: Indhira Santos Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: February 19, 2008
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Blog Post

Back to basic with the EU budget

The effectiveness and impact of EU structural and cohesive funds has been poorly monitored. Indhira Santos argues that when moving on in the reform process there is a need for an independent and rigorous evaluation of EU policies. Click here   to download this comment.

By: Indhira Santos Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: October 8, 2007