Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde joins the institute from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is a professor in its economics department. His research interests include applied econometrics, political economy, and public policy. His recent paper, "Political Credit Cycles: The Case of the Euro Zone," the professor examined the way in which the adoption of the Euro hindered economic reform, thereby impeding economic growth and obstructing financial markers.
In addition to his work at the University of Pennsylvania, Fernandez-Villaverde in a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. He serves as an editor for the International Economic Review, the Review of Economic Dynamics. He has held permanent and visiting positions at the Duke University, Princeton University, the Fundación de Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Yale University, New York University, and the Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia, St. Louis and Atlanta.
He was recognized for his work in 2010 with the IX Herrero Prize, highlighting him as one of Spain's outstanding economists under the age of 40.
Fernandez-Villaverde received his undergraduate education in law and economics from the Instituto Católico de Administración y Dirección de Empresas. He went on to earn his PhD in economics from the University of Minnesota in 2001.
Fernandez-Villaverde will conduct a seminar as part of the Booth School's Macroeconomics and International Economics Workshop on November 13 in Harper Center 05.