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    Roberto Rigobón  


Roberto Rigobón
Sloan School of Management
MIT, Room E52-431
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142-1347
Tel: 617/258-8374
Fax: 617/258-6855
Email: rigobon@mit.edu

Country of Affiliation:

United States of America

Short bio

Roberto Rigobon areas of research are international economics, monetary economics, and development economics. In international economics, Roberto focuses on the causes of balance-of-payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries - the phenomenon that has been identified in the literature as contagion. He has developed econometric techniques to determine the existence of contagion and the extent of it. Currently he is working with Anna Pavlova to develop theoretical models of multiple assets in general equilibrium to study the interaction between terms of trade, stock markets, exchange rates, and financial constraints. In monetary economics, he studies the behavior of financial markets and their interaction with monetary policy. In particular, his two most recent papers in the area study: (i) how the Federal Reserve in the US determines its interest rate policy when there is an increase in the stock market index, and (ii) what is the impact of monetary policy shocks in asset prices. Currently he is studying the impact of war related events on asset prices as well as the impact of macroeconomic announcements on the stock market and the yield curve. Most of this research is joint work with Brian Sack. They have developed the empirical methodologies to attend the problems of simultaneous equations and errors-in-variables that afflict the data and made impossible the estimation of these questions with standard econometric techniques. In development economics, he has studied the behavior of the exchange rate when countries implement fiscal reforms, when central banks intervene in te financial imperfections and capital controls. Currently he is studying the impact, and also measuring how income levels determine the quality of institutions.

Roberto is currently an associate professor at the Sloan School of Management, MIT, a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a visiting professor at IESA. He joined the business school in 1997 and has won three times the "Teacher of the year" award and three times the "Excellence in Teaching" award at MIT. He got his Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1997, an MBA from IESA ( Venezuela ) in 1991, and his BS in Electrical Engineer from Universidad Simon Bolivar ( Venezuela ) in 1984. He is married with three kids.


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