PhD in Economics, 2016 - 2023 (expected) – University of British Columbia (Canada)
MA in Economics, 2016 – Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina)
BA in Economics, 2012 – Universidad Nacional de Tucuman (Argentina)
I am a Macroeconomist with research interests in Monetary Economics and International Finance. My research focuses on the interaction between fiscal and monetary policy during recessions. I am also conducting research on fiscal policy in the context of currency unions, and on the maturity structure of debt during self-fulfilling debt crises.
My job market paper studies the interaction between one type of unconventional monetary policy (forward guidance) and fiscal stabilization policy during recessions that feature liquidity traps. The paper explores how fiscal stabilization policy can erode the ability of a central bank to conduct credible forward guidance, and analyzes whether these two policies can complement (or substitute) each other during a recession.
I will be available for interviews during the 2022 – 2023 academic year. I expect to graduate in 2023.
Job Market Paper
This paper presents a discretionary central bank that implements reputation-based forward guidance within a standard New Keynesian economy subject to repeated liquidity trap episodes featuring recessions. Previous studies show that forward guidance policies can be made credible using reputation. In this model I incorporate a treasury that conducts fiscal stabilization policy, and I explore how this policy impacts on the credibility of reputation-based forward guidance. I numerically show that the central bank has a range of credible forward guidance policies that it can implement even when the treasury uses fiscal policy to mitigate recessions. I also find that an increase in the effectiveness of fiscal stabilization policy reduces the range of credible forward guidance announcements that the central bank can implement. Finally, I explore how fiscal policy responds when forward guidance is in place, and I find that forward guidance can crowd out fiscal effort and result in a loose monetary-tight fiscal policy mix during recessions.
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This paper investigates the role of debt maturity within a model of self-fulfilling debt crises. Using one-period bonds, we characterize an interval of debt levels where creditors' panic can force a government to default. We numerically show that the government optimally lowers debt to reduce its vulnerability to this type of crises. We then switch to a model with long-term debt repayable with an infinite stream of coupons. In this environment, we show that the equilibrium price of debt differs from the short-term debt scenario. Furthermore, we prove that the bounds of the interval where crisis are self-fulfilling shift upward with higher debt maturity. Finally, we numerically show that the government decreases debt levels faster in the presence of long-term debt, therefore rising the economy's welfare compared to the short-term debt case.
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Work In Progress
Fiscal devaluations are a type of tax reform that has been identified as a candidate stabilization tool in countries that cannot unilaterally resort to nominal devaluations – e.g., in the context of a currency union. Specifically, theoretical work has shown equivalence conditions under which fiscal devaluations replicate the real allocations of nominal exchange rate devaluations obtained with monetary policy. However, the equivalence between nominal and fiscal devaluations depends on the critical assumption that fiscal changes occur at the business cycle frequency. This paper relaxes this assumption to capture the possibility that it takes a long time to change fiscal policy (relative to monetary policy), which is in line with the macro literature that documents the existence of lags in the implementation of tax changes. This paper analytically studies the impact that implementation lags in fiscal policy can have in the equivalence result between nominal and fiscal devaluations. Specifically, the paper analyzes how the menu of taxes from a fiscal devaluation responds to lags in fiscal policy.
- President’s Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Award, University of British Columbia: 2020 – 2022
- International Tuition Award, University of British Columbia: 2016 – 2021
- Graduate Support Initiative Fellowship, University of British Columbia: 2016
Teaching Assistant at the University of British Columbia
- ECON 455 – International Trade (Undergraduate): 2018, 2019, 2020
- ECON 356 – Introduction to International Finance (Undergraduate): 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021
- ECON 355 – Introduction to International Trade (Undergraduate): 2016, 2017, 2018
Teaching Assistant at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
- Microeconomics I (Undergraduate): 2016
- Mathematics I (Undergraduate): 2013
Teaching Assistant at Universidad Nacional de Tucuman
- Intermediate Microeconomics (Undergraduate): 2011
- Economic History (Undergraduate): 2009, 2010