Xavier Sala-i-Martin

Xavier Sala-i-Martin

Spanish scientist, professor of economics
Date of Birth: 17.06.1962
Country: Spain

  1. Biography of Xavier Sala-i-Martin
  2. Academic Career
  3. Research Focus
  4. Additional Contributions
  5. Nonprofit Involvement

Biography of Xavier Sala-i-Martin

Xavier Sala-i-Martin, born on June 17, 1962, is a Spanish economist and professor of economics at Columbia University. He obtained his first degree in economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1985 and received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1990.

Academic Career

Besides his position at Columbia University, Sala-i-Martin has held professorships at Yale University, Harvard University, Pompeu Fabra University, and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He is widely recognized as one of the most cited economists in the world, particularly for his works published since the 1990s.

Research Focus

Sala-i-Martin's extensive research covers various topics such as economic growth, development in Africa, monetary economic theory, public safety, healthcare systems, and classical liberal thinking. He is best known for his estimation of global income distribution, which helped determine the precise level of poverty. His research challenged the previous consensus from the United Nations and the World Bank, showing that both poverty levels and the number of poor people are declining.

Additional Contributions

Aside from his academic work, Sala-i-Martin stands out with his distinctive appearance and wardrobe compared to his colleagues. He has authored notable economic publications, including "Economic Growth" co-authored with Robert Barro. He also writes a column for the Spanish newspaper "La Vanguardia," where he frequently criticizes the actions of the Spanish authorities. From 2006 to 2010, Sala-i-Martin was part of the management team of the football club FC Barcelona.

Nonprofit Involvement

Sala-i-Martin is the founder of the nonprofit organization "Umbele: A Future for Africa," which focuses on promoting economic development in the poorest African countries. He is actively involved with another well-known nonprofit organization, "CEOs Without Borders."