My name is Aníbal Nicolás Saldías. I received my doctorate in Political Science at the University of Toronto. I am currently an Analyst for Latin America and Caribbean at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Previously, I was a Senior Researcher at The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars’ Latin American Program and the Argentina Project.
My dissertation, History’s Wages: State formation and labour policy in Argentina and Uruguay, focuses on the variation in the institutional design of corporatist labour institutions in Argentina and Uruguay from the mid-twentieth century. I argue that the causes for the differences reflect important differences in the institutional and political cultural legacies stemming from their distinct paths of state formation in the nineteenth century.
Currently, I am an Analyst for Latin America and the Caribbean at the EIU. Countries I cover are Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Suriname and the Cayman Islands. In this role I analyze political and economic developments as well as conduct short-, medium-, and long-term economic and political forecasts for the countries I cover. Major events I have covered include the coronavirus crisis and Peru’s and Chile’s 2021 presidential elections.
My views on Latin American affairs have been published by prominent outlets including The Washington Post, Foreign Policy and Americas Quarterly. I have also been interviewed by outlets like Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. A full list of media engagements can be accessed here. I have also presented my academic research at LASA 2016, 2017 and 2018.
My academic service included being the President and Cofounder of the Latin American Political Science Students Association (LAPSSA) at the University of Toronto (2014-2017). Also, I was an appointed member of the Latin American Studies Association Labor Section’s Graduate Student Council (2016-2018).