My original line of research is in International Finance, OpenEconomy Macroeconomics, and Economic Development, using primarily timeseries data.

I have published extensively in three main areas:
  • Exchange market pressure and its interactions with stock and commodity prices
  • The impact of domestic credit growth on Central and Eastern European economies
  • Macroeconomic volatility and its transmission in emerging markets. 
I also have specialized knowledge of Central Europe and the Baltic region, as well as Russia and Mexico. My interdisciplinary academic background includes coursework in Eastern European history, geography, politics, and environmental issues. I have presented papers in Hungary, Latvia, and Estonia, and lectured in Riga and Warsaw. I have a decent working knowledge of Russian, Latvian, Polish, and other regional languages, but probably speak better Spanish.

Most of my research is listed on RePEc. For the time being, I am listed among the Top 5% of authors over the last 10 years. I am also now listed in the discipline experts database of the Latvian Academy of Sciences.

Selected Publications:
Capital Inflows, Exchange Market Pressure, and Credit Growth in Four Transition Economies with Fixed Exchange Rates Economic Systems, 2009

Working Papers and Presentations:
Structural Breaks and Regional Inflation Convergence for Five New Euro Members,” Presented at the Illinois Economic Association Conference (Chicago), 2017
The Impact of Openness on Macroeconomic Volatility in the Baltics” (an early, unpublished manuscript from 2008)

“NAFTA, the Peso, and U.S.
Mexico Commodity Trade” (under the direction of Dr. Mohsen Bahmani–Oskooee).
Three papers from this dissertation are published (in Southern Economic Journal, the Journal of Development Studies, and Applied Economics).

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