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My name is Mariarosaria Comunale, I am from Trieste (Italy) and I obtained a Ph. D. degree in Money and Finance at University of Rome "Tor Vergata" in July 2014, with a thesis titled "Three essays in International Macroeconomics" (Supervisor: Prof. Luisa Corrado). 
Since October 2014, I have been working as Principal Economist at the Bank of Lithuania (Lietuvos Bankas)in the Applied Macroeconomic Research Division, Economics Department. 

Previously, in 2009/2010 I worked at the Italian Trade Agency as Junior researcher in International economics and then I was intern at the EU Commission (DG Budget) working on new internal resources for the budget (especially focusing on Financial Transactions Taxes). 

During my Ph.D. I was visiting for a term at the University of Cambridge (supervisor: Prof. Giancarlo Corsetti) and at Trinity College Dublin (supervisor: Prof. Philip Lane).
Moreover I worked as research intern at the Dutch Central Bank and as a Ph.D trainee at the ECB, DG International and European relations, Division International relations and cooperation.

I was visiting the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) within the ESCB Schuman Programme working on a project on credit equilibria in CESEE, from October 2017 to March 2018.
From May 2018 to February 2019, I was an Economist on secondment to the ECB (DG International & European Relations, External Development Division). I worked on Western Balkans integration, forecasting and business cycles in advanced and emerging markets.
 
Currently, I am also Research associate at the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)  in the Open Economy Macroeconomics program.
Since May 2019, I've joined the Research grant project "Reassessment of the Optimum Currency Area in the persistently heterogeneous European Union" (Euro4Europe) at Vilnius University.
I will be Lecturer for the course in International Macroeconomics at the Bachelor Program in Quantitative Economics at Vilnius University (starting in 2021).
I have supervised master and bachelor students both at ISM (University of Management and Economics, Vilnius) and SSE (Stockholm School of Economics) in Riga. 

Furthermore, I have been invited to referee for: Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, International Journal of Central Banking, Review of World Economics and Journal of Macroeconomics.
Starting in February 2018 I am also Associate Editor for Baltic Journal of Economics.
 
 
Research interests                             
 
Applied International Macroeconomics, Econometrics (Panel data, Bayesian methods), International Finance, Monetary and Macro-prudential policy, International Economics.
I use these tools for analysis on current account imbalances, foreign capital flows, financial and real cycles, Exchange Rate Pass-Through, Real Effective Exchange Rate assessments, EU integration and Eastern Europe.
 
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