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 and the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.