The Martha and Jonathan Cohen Distinguished Visitors Program was introduced in 2003. This program aims to bring to the University of Pennsylvania outstanding scholars in all areas of economics; to give public lectures, including the annual Elias B. Cohen lecture, and to interact individually with the Penn Economics community, including both students and faculty. To date, more than 30 prominent economists have visited Penn, thanks to this program, which is funded with generous gifts from Martha and Jonathan Cohen.
Guillermo Calvo is Professor of Economics, International and Public Affairs, and Director of the MPA in Economic Policy Management (MPA-EPM) at Columbia University since January 2007. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He is the former Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank (2001-2006), President of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association, LACEA, 2000-2001, and President of the International Economic Association, IEA, 2005-2008. He graduated with a Ph.D. from Yale in 1974.