Partner and Chief Economist of Advantage Business Consulting, Dr. Lara is one of the Island’s best-known economists. He is a full professor of Economics at the University of Puerto Rico and received his doctoral and master’s degrees in economics from the Stony Brook University in New York and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Puerto Rico.

Dr. Lara has monitored the Puerto Rico economy for more than 30 years and has written extensively on the subject. He directed the Latin American Service at Philadelphia’s Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates in the early 1980s, and has taught at Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., and Temple University in Philadelphia. As a consultant in Puerto Rico, he has managed influential studies in the housing, banking, construction and economic policy areas.