BY JOHN KAPTEYN - SECTION EDITOR
You may recognize Prof. Leonardo Bursztyn, who joined the Anderson faculty in 2010, as a first-year economics professor. Hailing from Brazil, Bursztyn’s work as an economist focuses on his passion for emerging market development, including the challenges faced by his home country as it prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
“Brazil is a country of contrasts, across the board, with some of the highest levels of income inequality,” Bursztyn says, pointing out that anti-corruption riots and protests have erupted recently because some Brazilians have not seen the level of infrastructure improvement that they were hoping the games would bring.
Another of Bursztyn’s passions is education. One of the primary drivers of underachievement among poorer students in the U.S. is that they don’t know how to access good education, he says.
“They don’t even know that there are ways to gain funding. When they do, however, they apply to better schools, get accepted to better schools, and graduate from better schools,” he says.
Bursztyn has also observed the amount of pressure placed on M.B.A. students. “The optimal level of stress is not zero,” he says. “It’s most likely positive as it motivates and moves you.”
His advice to business-school students: “Remember that it goes by really fast, and you’re going to miss this a lot. You have so much in front of you and you need to enjoy this magical feeling while it lasts.”