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    Maryam Barzegar (University of Tabriz) Period: 22 Sept 2015 – March 2016

    Maryam is a final year Ph.D candidate in Tabriz University of Iran .Besides, she holds four BAs and two MSc in Economics. She has published some papers in, among others, Asian Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Economics and Management, International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Policy, Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities. In addition she has presented papers in some International Conference. She has been a lecturer at Payame Noor University of Iran. Currently she is working on determination of pre-crisis indicators under different exchange rate regimes and on the application of Bayesian Models to finance analysis.

    Somayyeh Razzaghi (University of Tabriz) Period: 22 Sept 2015 – March 2016

    Somayeh is a final year Ph.D candidate in International Economics and Econometrics in Tabriz University of Iran. She has published some papers in, among others, International Journal of Applied Economics and Finance, Asian Journal of Research in Banking and Finance, Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, World Applied Sciences Journal and journal of Basic and Applied Scientific Research. In addition she has presented papers in2ind Interdisciplinary Tourism Conference, Turkey and in the 20th and 19th National Conference on Development of Non-Oil Exports of Iran. She has been a lecturer at Tabriz University and Payame Noor University. Currently she is working on her thesis titled “Assessing the feasibility of forming a common currency area among OIC members”.



    Francesca Rossi (University of Southampton) Period: Sept-December 2015

    She joined the Economics division at the University of Southampton as a lecturer in September 2011, after obtaining a PhD from LSE. My research interests are in the field of econometric theory, with particular focus on asymptotic theory for spatial data.


    Aurelie Harou (Colombia University) Period: May 2015

    Aurélie Harou holds a Ph.D. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. Her research focuses on understanding the decisions and impacts of smallholders’ participation in food value chains and smallholder technology adoption and disadoption patterns. Aurélie will be working at the Agriculture and Food Security Center where she will examine the effects of Malawi’s Fertilizer Input Subsidy Program on both poverty alleviation and food security. Additionally, she will conduct an impact evaluation of SoilDoc, a new tool developed by the Center that provides measurements of essential soil parameters and uses information communications technology to provide farm-specific management recommendations. Aurélie holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Science and Geography from the University of Sussex, Brighton, and an M.S. from the University of California at Davis in Agricultural and Resource Economics.



    Sonia Confalinieri (LBS) Period: 14 aprile al 20 aprile 2015


    Sonia Falconieri is Senior Lecturer in Finance at Cass Business School (London). Previously she held positions at Brunel University,  University of Amsterdam and University of Tilburg (The Netherlands). Her research interests are in Corporate Finance; specifically she has been working on Initial Public Offerings, Takeovers and the financing side of Public Private Partnerships among others. Her articles have been published in some major journals such as the JEEA, the Review of Finance and Financial Management. Sonia received her Bachelor and Master degree in Economics from Bocconi University, Milan (Italy) and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Toulouse (France).



    Angelica Gianfreda (London Business School) Period: Feb-Apr 2015

    Angelica Gianfreda is currently research affiliate at the Energy Markets Group (Department of Management Science and Operations) where she formerly was Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow working on modelling wholesale electricity price dynamics under RES effects. Previously, Angelica was Jean Monnet Fellow (at the Florence School of Regulation, RSCAS, EUI) studying energy regulators practices and policy networks. Her research interests are related to Energy markets, and specifically to electricity. Angelica holds a PhD in Quantitative Methods for Market Analysis, and an MSc in Mathematical Finance.





    Miriam Manchin (University College London) Period: Sept-Nov 2014

    Miriam Manchin is a Lecturer at University College London. Her research focuses on economic integration, preferential trade agreements, technical barriers to trade, trade costs, trade and institutions, and migration. Her current and past work in these fields looked at the role of trade costs, infrastructure, and institutions in economic integration; the issue of home bias and non-tariff barriers, the importance of trade preferences, multilateral trade liberalization; rules of origin, and regional economic integration in Europe, network effects.

    Yuan LI (Universität Duisburg-Essen)             Period: Sept-Nov 2014

    Li Yuan is Assistant professor at Mercator School of Management and Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen. After getting his Ph.D from DEFAP in 2012, he has been Visiting research scholar at University of California, San Diego and research fellow at Stockholm China Economic Research Institute, Stockholm School of Economics. His interests are on the political economics of autocracies, with a special focus on China. His recent works have been on reciprocal accountability in autocracies, on the role of revolution threats in dictatorships and on the succession dilemma for dictators. Currently he is working on logrolling in autocracies, on fragmented authoritarianism and on multidimensional policies in dictatorships.

    Luca Bossi (University of Pennsylvania)         Period: July 2014

    Luca Bossi is Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Macroeconomics Principles Program at the Department of Economics of the University of Pennsylvania. Luca received his PhD degree at Cornell University, and he was Assitant Professor at University of Miami, prior to move to UPenn. His main research fields are  Macroeconomics, Consumption Theory, Public Economics, and Political Economy. Luca published in International journals such as Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, and The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics (Advances).


    Margarita Rubio (University Park Nottingham) Period: April-July 2014

    Margarita joined the School of Economics as a Lecturer in January 2013. Previously, she held a full-time position at the Bank of Spain. She has also worked as a visiting researcher at the US Federal Reserve, the Deutsche Bundesbank, the Central Bank of Luxembourg, and the National Bank of Poland. She obtained her PhD in Economics in 2008 at Boston College (USA) with a dissertation entitled: “Housing Markets, Business Cycles and Monetary Policy”. She also holds an M.Sc. in Economics with Distinction at the University College London. Margarita’s research fields are Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics. Her research focuses on Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium Models with financial frictions. Her topics of interest include housing markets, housing finance, and its interrelation with business cycles and monetary policy, as well as macroprudential policies and its effects on the real economy, financial stability and welfare.

    José Carrasco-Gallego (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos) Period: April-July 2014

    José holds a Ph.D. in Economics. Additionally, he holds four BAs in Economics, in Business, in Law, and in Political Science. He has also three MAs, in Quantitative Economics, in Business, and in National Defence. He has published several books and papers in, among others, Journal of Banking and Finance, Economic History Review, and SUERF. He has been visiting professor at Harvard University, University College Cork and University of Nottingham. He has also been visiting researcher in the Federal Reserve Board and in St. Louis Fed. Currently, he is working on macroprudential policies and on other applications of DSGE models to macroeconomic and finance analysis.


    Umar Burki (Buskerud & Vestfold University College)               Period: May 2014

    Umar Burki is working as an associate professor at Buskerd & Vesfold University, Norway. He completed his MSc in Industrial Logistics and PhD in Business Logistics from Molde University College, Norway. Umar’s main research areas are: Industrial Buyer-Supplier Relationships, Cross-Cultural Management and Procurement Issues in Supply Chains.


    Steven Caudills (Rhodes College)      Period: Feb-June 2014

    Steven Caudills joined the Rhodes College faculty in the fall of 2009 after spending 27 years on the faculty at Auburn University. In his academic career he has published over 80 articles in refereed journals and won both teaching and research awards. His research in econometrics has involved topics as diverse as ranking college football teams, determining the efficiency of micro-finance institutions, measuring the savings from paid tax preparation, examining the likelihood of state lottery adoption, examining black and white homeownership differences, measuring the effect of college athletic participation on income, detecting insurance fraud, examining betting market efficiency, estimating the cost of rent controls, and examining the incidence of undergraduate cheating


    Andrew Hughes Hallet (George Mason University, US) Period: March-May 2014

    Andrew Hughes-Hallett studied at the University of Warwick, the London School of Economics and Nuffield College Oxford. He has held academic posts at Bristol, Erasmus, Newcastle, Strathclyde and Vanderbilt before coming to St.Andrews. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Royal Society of Arts, was a Fulbright Scholar (1992-4), is a Council member of the Scottish Economic Society and Anglo German Forum (1995-2000) and is a CEPR Research Fellow. His research interests are: Open Economy Macroeconomics; Policy Coordination and Exchange Rate Management; Monetary Integration, also Monetary and Fiscal Union in Europe; Political Economy Models; Regionalism, Policy Choice and Reform; The Theory of Economic Policy and Institutional Design; Dynamic Games and Bargaining Models; Risk and Decisions under Uncertainty; Commodity Markets, Commodity Policy and Strategic Trade Policy;
    Numerical Methods in Econometrics.


    Paola Paiardini (Queen Mary. University of London)    Period: May-July 2013

    Paola holds a PhD in Economics from Birkbeck, University of London and a MSc in Economics from the same university. She is currently a Teaching Fellow in the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary, University of London and a Research Fellow at LUISS Guido Carli. Paola’s main research interests are in the area of financial markets and market microstructure.

    Pierangelo De Pace (Pomona College)      Period: April – June 2013

    Pierangelo is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics of Pomona College (California, USA). He earned a Ph.D. degree in Economics at the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland, USA) in May 2009. His research interests are in the fields of Econometrics, Time Series Econometrics, Empirical Macroeconomics and Finance.

    Tommaso Oliviero (EUI)    Period: January-April 2013

    Tommaso Oliviero is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate at the European University Institute, Florence. His thesis is on “Credit and the Great Recession: Macroeconomic and Microeconomic issues”. He obtained a Msc in Economics and Finance at the University of Naples, Federico II in 2009. His research interests are in Banking, Macroeconomics and Corporate Finance.


    Fabrizio Casalin (Newcastle University Business School)       Period: Oct-Dec 2012

    Fabrizio is a Lecturer in Banking and Finance at the University of Newcastle (Business School) and he previously served at the universities of Leicester (Department of Economics) and Middlesex (Business School). His main research areas are Empirical Finance and Macroeconomics. His research includes papers on the term structure of interest rates, on the relationship between external finance and aggregate investment and on the macroeconomics determinants of primary placements of stocks and bonds.

    Roberta Cardani (Università degli Studi di Parma)    Period: July-Sept. 2012

    Roberta Cardani graduated in Economicsat Bocconi University, Milan and holds a PhD in Economics from Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano. In her doctoral dissertation she exploits DSGE models and asset prices. She is currently based at the UniversitádegliStudi di Parma. Research interests: Macroeconomics, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Learning and Heterogeneous Expectations, Microeconometrics.


    Gaia Narciso (Trinity College Dublin)    Period: June-August 2012

    Gaia Narciso is lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Economics at Trinity College Dublin. After gaining her MSc in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, she started her PhD in Economics at Bocconi University. During her PhD she worked as a consultant for the Development Research Group at the World Bank in Washington, DC. She obtained her PhD in Spring 2007 with a thesis in Development Economics and Political Economics. She joined the Department of Economics at Trinity College Dublin in August 2007. Her research interests are in the field of Development Economics, Migration, Trade and Political Economics.

    Rune Hagen (University of Bergen)        Period: April 2012

    Education: Ph.D. Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH).  Fields of interests: Development economics, International economics and Political economy.  Selected international publications: “Certified or Branded? A Game-Theoretic Analysis of the IMF’s Policy Support Instrument.” Review of International Organizations 7 (2012): 203-230; “Basic Analytics of Multilateral Lending and Surveillance.” Journal of International Economics 79 (2009):126-136; “National Responsibility and the Just Distribution of Debt Relief.” Ethics and International Affairs 21(1): 69-83 (2007) (with Alexander Cappelen and BertilTungodden). Also published in C. Barry, B. Herman, and L. Tomitova (eds.): Dealing Fairly with Developing Country Debt. Blackwell, 2008; “Buying Influence. Aid Fungibility in a Strategic Perspective.” Review of Development Economics 10(2): 267-284 (2006); “Samaritan Agents? On the Strategic Delegation of Aid Policy.” Journal of Development Economics 79(1): 249-263 (2006); “The Electoral Politics of Public Sector Institutional Reform”. European Journal of Political Economy 18(3): 449-473 (2002).

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