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José Molinas

Minister, Ministry of Planning


José Molinas Vega holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1997). From 1998 to 2001 he was a development and macroeconomics professor both at the college and graduate levels at the Catholic University of Asunción (Paraguay), where he also headed the Masters programme in economics. Starting in 2002 he chaired the Development Institute (Instituto de Desarrollo) until he joined the World Bank in 2005.

His research fields include social capital, rural development, political economics of social services, economy of education, poverty analysis and applied macroeconomics. He has published articles and book chapters on rural cooperatives, macroeconomics and poverty, public policy and social capital.

His work has been published in World Development Journal, Political Science Journal, Economy and Society Journal, Coyuntura Económica, Series Desarrollo Productivo (CEPAL), and book chapters published by Edward Elgar Press, Eudeba, Mundi-Prensa, and IADB.