I am an Economist at the Regional Cooperation and Integration Division of the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). My work involves conducting policy research focusing on monetary and financial cooperation and integration of Asian economies; contributing to various division publications and projects, and supporting the implementation of ADB's RCI Strategy.
My areas of specialisation include international macroeconomics, international financial economics and growth theory. My research focus includes capital flows, financial integration, financial stress, portfolio allocation, bond price discovery, financial inclusion, and economic convergence.
I have published several research papers in peer-reviewed international journals including Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Review of Income and Wealth, Journal of Futures Markets, and Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions, and Money, among others. I have also co-authored several book chapters.
I have several years of economic policy research experience having worked at the SEACEN Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and National Economic and Development Authority in Manila, Philippines. I also held various academic teaching positions at the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Trinity College Dublin and Newcastle Business School of Northumbria University in the UK.
I completed my PhD in Economics at Trinity College Dublin (2017) and earned both my Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Economics at the University of the Philippines Diliman (2003) and Ateneo de Manila University (2006), respectively. I also hold a certificate in Advanced Studies in International Economic Policy Research from Kiel Institute for World Economy in Germany (2012).
February 2021: New book chapter "Financial Inclusion: New Measurement and Cross-Country Impact Assessment" with Cyn-Young Park published in T. Cavoli and R. Shrestha (Eds), Financial Inclusion in Asia and Beyond Measurement, Development Gaps, and Economic Consequences.
January 2021: New working paper entitled: "Concentration in Asia’s Cross-border Banking: Determinants and Impacts" (with Ana Kristel Lapid and Peter Rosenkranz) released as Trinity Economics Paper No. 0121.
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