Alex died July 1, 2022, in Santiago, Chile.
Born in Chile Jan. 18, 1965, he received his bachelor’s degree from Universidad Católica de Chile in 1988 and earned a Ph.D. in economics at Princeton in 1994.
Alex was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a senior fellow at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. He was a professor at the Hoover IP2 Summer Institute, and a regular participant at Hoover IP2 conferences.
Alex’s research was about the economics of industries and the equilibrium determinants of industry structure. He wrote extensively on competition and regulation of infrastructure industries — electricity, telecommunications, water, and transport. His focus included the interplay of intellectual property and antitrust in high technology industries like mobile phones, semiconductors, and autonomous vehicles.
His book, The Economics of Public-Private Partnerships: A Basic Guide, co-authored with Eduardo Engel and Ronald Fischer, is a standard reference of the economics and policy of infrastructure concessions. With Engel and Fischer, Alex invented the least-present-of-revenue auction, used by governments in many countries to procure transport infrastructure through public-private partnerships.
He was an adviser on public-private partnerships to the Chilean government and multilateral organizations such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the OECD.
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