Jorge Katz was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1940. He received his first degree in Economics at the University of Buenos Aires in 1964 and completed his tertiary education in England, obtaining a D.Phil degree in Economics at Nuffield College, Oxford, in 1967.
His doctoral dissertation "Production Functions, Foreign Investment and Growth" - carried out under the supervision of Professor Sir John Hicks - was published by North Holland Publishing Company in 1969. After returning to Argentina he was appointed as lecturer at the University of Bs.As, where he taught on Industrial Organization and Economic Development.
He acted as visiting professor at the University of Sussex (UK) in 1971 and also at the University of Yale (US) in 1972-73. As from 1994 and until 2003 he was Director of the Division of Production, Productivity and Management, at ECLAC, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, in Santiago de Chile. After retiring from the UN System in 2003 he was appointed as professor at the University of Chile where he currently lectures on Innovation and Economic Development.
He has published extensively on topics of Technology and Innovation, Health Economics, Latin American Economic Development, Structure and Behaviour of the University Sector, Metalworking Industries in Latin America and more. His published work includes 18 books, both in English and Spanish, as well as close to 80 papers, many of them in international journals.
He presently works on macro-to-micro interactions and structural change in the process of economic growth, looking at the cases of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia on a comparative basis. Also on topics of natural resource based economic development, examining cases such as salmon farming in Chile, soybean production in Argentina, flowers in Colombia and else. ´Common pool´ resource management, ´collective action´ and public sector regulatory intervention constitute central topics of the model of natural resource based economic growth which still demand further analytical and policy oriented research. This is specially true in Latin American countries that have now become highly specialized in industrial commodities, foodstuffs and minerals.
Industrial Economics, Technology, Innovation Theory.