Hugo M. Montesinos-Yufa

Hugo M. Montesinos-Yufa is a Ph.D. Student of Economics at Florida State University (FSU). He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar (USB) in Caracas, Venezuela, a M.S. in Statistics from USB, a Master in Economics from FSU, and a B.S. in Production Engineering from USB. He also studied two terms of the M.P.P. at the University of Chicago. He has served as the Director of the Center for Statistics and Applied Math at USB, full professor in the Department of Statistics and Scientific Computing at USB, and adjunct professor in the Center of Finance at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) in Caracas, Venezuela. In addition of being a professor, he worked as a consultant in Venezuela for private companies, consultant firms, banks, and the oil industry in Venezuela. He has published in Public Choice, Journal of Institutional Economics, Applied Economics, and Econ Journal Watch, among other journals. His most recent co-authored publication, Unbundling the Roles of Human Capital and Institutions in Economic Development, will appear in the European Journal of Political Economy. Mr. Montesinos-Yufa has been interviewed in the Venezuelan National Television regarding institutional topics and by the USB regarding more technical topics such as econometrics (see, for example, the video available on Youtube: La econometría, Diálogos USB #86). He won the Venezuelan National Olympics in Physics and Mathematics, including the Gold Medal in the Physics National Competition and the first place in the National Experimental contest in Physics. His current interests include comparative economic development, new institutional economics, economic freedom, and econometrics.

Recent Research by Hugo M. Montesinos-Yufa

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Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report

The Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report is the world’s premier measurement of economic freedom, ranking countries based on five areas: size of government, legal structure and security of property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, and regulation of credit, labour and business. This year’s report compares 159 countries and territories. In this year’s ranking, which is based on 2014 data, Hong Kong is again number one, Canada is tied for fifth, and the United States ranked 16th for the second year in a row.