Norman Loayza is Lead Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. He currently leads the World Bank Research Hub in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Except for a time as Senior Economist in the Central Bank of Chile (1999-2000), he has worked with the Bank since obtaining his PhD from Harvard in 1994, collaborating with ministries, central banks, NGOs and universities to implement projects for policy reform and local capacity improvement. To this end, he has participated in World Bank missions to countries like Tunisia, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and India in areas ranging from macroeconomics to socio-political issues.
Co-founder and President of the Peruvian Economic Association, he has authored numerous publications exploring development assistance from diverse angles: international economics, economic growth, political reform, poverty alleviation, and the prevention of crime and corruption.