Claudio was born and grew up in Brazil. After graduating from college, he came to the US for his graduate studies in economics at the University of Illinois. Having completed his PhD in 1996, Claudio worked for the International Monetary Fund in Washington for 12 years, where he had extensive contact with policy-makers and government officials and worked on a diverse group of countries that includes Brazil, Cyprus, Honduras, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Portugal, and Peru. As an IMF country economist, Claudio´s main functions were to analyze the sources of macroeconomic problems and think of the best policies to address them. He wrote various research papers and also delivered courses in macroeconomic theory and policies to government and Central Bank officials around the world. His passion for teaching eventually brought him back to academic life.
Macroeconomic policies, trade, empirical studies, development