I am Lead Economist at the World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group. My research area is international finance and international financial markets and institutions. In particular, I work on emerging market finance, financial globalization, financial crises and contagion, financial development, and institutional investor behavior. I obtained my Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997, when I joined the World Bank's Young Economist and Young Professionals Programs. I have also been Treasurer of LACEA-the Latin America and Caribbean  Economic Association (since 2004), Associate Editor of the Journal of Development Economics (2001-2004), taught at the Department of Economics, University of Maryland (1999-2003), and worked at the International Monetary Fund Research Department (2004-2005). I also worked at the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, the Inter-American Development Bank Research Department, the Argentine Central Bank, and visited the Dutch Central Bank, the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, CREI at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and the Bank for International Settlements.