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Luis Carlos Matto Perez

PhD Student,



Luis Matto completed bachelor in Economics at "Universidad Catolica de Asuncion" (UCA), Paraguay in 2011. Since 2014 he works as an economic analyst at the Banco Central del Paraguay (BCP). He holds a Master's in Public Management and Economic Law from Universidad de Salamanca (USAL) Spain, with the thesis "Sustainability of Public Debt in Paraguay" and a Master's of Art in Economics from New York University, (NYU), United States, with focus on macroeconomics and econometrics with a final research project about Convergence with the US states.

Currently, he is a 1st year PhD Economics student at the University of Nottingham under the supervision of PhD Omar Licandro and his main research interests center on macroeconomics, monetary and fiscal policy. As a doctoral student at the University of Nottingham his research project explores different outcomes of diverse monetary policy regimes conditional on fiscal behavior, considering the cases of Latin American countries.

Teaching Summary

Macroeconomics, monetary policy, econometrics and game theory.

Research Summary

"The Dutch disease and the challenges for the monetary policy in Latin American countries".

Most of Latin american economies are similar in many aspects, yet fiscal and monetary policy can be extremely diverse within the region. In this research, I want to consider the problem of the monetary authority, trying to maximize the economic welfare of the households under diverse and changing fiscal policy frameworks.

Past Research

Public Debt Sustainability Analysis for Paraguay, after the recent acceleration of Public Debt issuances from the government, there was a public concern about the sustainability of the public policies, in this research I evaluate different models to assess DSA, with the main results that under the current conditions, debt is sustainable but there exist some vulnerabilities, such as the high proportion of foreign debt (which makes debt more difficult to manage) and a high rate of debt in foreign currency which leaves the government vulnerable to Fx shocks.

"Second round effects of oil price shocks to inflation in Paraguay", oil shocks are always a concern for the public, thus in this research with Samuel CaƱete, we try to address this issue. Using 3 restricted VAR models, we found that second round effects are small and have decreased in the last decade (during the inflation targeting regime) when compared to two decades ago, when the central bank followed monetary aggregates.

Convergence across States in the US, following Barro and Sala i Martin 1990, in this research we tried to find evidence on conditional convergence within the US considering in growth rates in output and income.

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