Dr. John Cobin is host of the Red Hot Chile radio program and an expert on Chile. Dr. Cobin was a full-time professor of economics and public policy in Chile for a total of 10 years. He received his Ph.D. in public policy and his M.A. in economics from George Mason University. He also holds an M.A. in business economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
He has published a fair number of academic articles critical of urban regulation, zoning and abortion, among other things, emphasizing public choice and Austrian economics. He is also CEO of Eyzaguirre y Cobin S.A., a Chilean start-up company heading the development of Freedom Orchard (www.FreedomOrchard.com) in Curacaví, Chile, part of which features a sustainable community designed to be attractive to freedom-minded immigrants from “First World” countries of the northern hemisphere. Related to that role, Dr. Cobin has a VIP consultancy service which he handles for special clients and visa and residency program mainly run by key members of his team (see www.chile-consulting.cl).
In prior years, he worked as a financial advisor and a small business entrepreneur (including being a gold coin arbitrager), and was a radio talk show host and columnist. Bilingual in Spanish and English, Dr. Cobin has lived in Chile for more than ten of the last eighteen years and is married to a chilena (Pamela). He is a committed Baptist and has seven children. He has visited every place in Chile with more than 500 inhabitants (except Isla Juan Fernández) along with many scenic spots. His blog on Chile has hundreds of substantial entries: see www.escapeamericanow.info.
He has written many books, two of which have to do with Chile: Life in Chile: A Former American’s Guide for Newcomers and Expatriates to Chile: Topics for Living, which have been very popular sellers among expats and newcomers. He just finished his 3rd big book in the series. You can find it at http://escapeamericanow.info/resources/.
Dr. Cobin is well known in Chile on account of his outspoken free market and liberty-oriented views, his letters to the editor (important in Chile) having been published over 1,260 times in the last few years in national and regional papers. On account of this, he is the most widely published academic in Chile. He has also been interviewed on Chilean television radio and in popular magazines like The Clinic and many newspapers. There is probably no foreigner who knows Chile better than Dr. Cobin. He is a world traveler, too, having visited 70 countries so far, and having spent considerable time in Chile, the United States and Italy.