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María Paola Figueroa

Head of Frontier LatAm Research

María Paola is Head of Frontier LatAm Research, focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean. She was previously Principal Economist at BBVA Research, where she was responsible for coverage of Colombia and Panama, and focused on developing macro programming models to aid in economic forecasting. María Paola has also worked at Banco de la República (Central Bank of Colombia) as an Economist in the Macroeconomic Modeling Department. She has taught several courses in International Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics in Colombia. 

Education

María Paola holds an M.Sc. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from The London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Turin (Italy). She received her B.S. in Economics from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia.


Publications

Economic Views: Colombia’s Rising Political Risk
LatAm Views: Shifting Gears to Sustain Growth
Economic Views: Mexico’s External Risk
LatAm Views: Brazil’s Election and the Road Ahead
LatAm Views: Brazil’s Election and Growth Outlook
Frontier LatAm: Costa Rica’s External Imbalances
Economic Views: Ecuador’s External Funding Outlook
Economic Views: Bond Outflows from China Continue
LatAm Views: “Fear of Floating” Divergences
LatAm Views: Chile Inflation Pressures Worsening
LatAm Views: Oil and FX Vulnerability in Colombia
Lebanon: Mounting Challenges
LatAm Views: Fading Growth Momentum in Chile
Frontier LatAm Views: Growth and External Outlook
Economic Views: Peru’s Current Account Deficit
Economic Views: External Risk in Frontier Markets
LatAm Views: Divergent Growth Fortunes Amid War
Economic Views: Colombia’s External Risk
Frontier LatAm: Mounting Pressure from War in Ukraine
Frontier LatAm: Mounting Pressure from War in Ukraine
LatAm Views: Commodity Price Spillovers from War
LatAm Views: Bottom-up Analysis of Inflation 
LatAm Views: Robust Reserve Buffers 
Economic Views: Brazil’s Inflation Will Ease
Frontier LatAm: Ecuador’s Stabilization Program 
Economic Views: Debt Sustainability in Brazil
LatAm Views: Chile Pension Upheaval Continues 
Economic Views: Fiscal Risk in Brazil
Frontier LatAm: Fiscal Risk Mounting in El Salvador
LatAm Views: Capital Flows Have Rebounded
LatAm Views: Monetary Policy Outlook
Economic Views: Colombia’s Current Account Deficit
Economic Views: Fiscal Adjustment in Peru
Economic Views: Brazil’s 2022 Budget
Economic Views: The IMF SDR Allocation
Frontier LatAm: Fiscal Policy at a Crossroads 
Economic Views: Fair Value of the Peruvian Sol
LatAm Views: The Fiscal Challenge 
LatAm Views: The Inflation Challenge 
Economic Views: Colombia’s Fiscal Vulnerability
LatAm Views: Chile Virtual Trip Notes
LatAm Views: Mexico’s Growth Trap
Frontier LatAm: Costa Rica’s Tough Adjustment Ahead 
LatAm Views: Chile’s Recovery and Policy Shift 
LatAm Views: Peru-Colombia Virtual Trip Notes 
Economic Views: Brazil’s Budget and Fiscal Risk
Economic Views: Fiscal Risk in Colombia
Frontier LatAm: Partial Rebound in 2021 
Economic Views: Colombia’s External Vulnerability
Economic Views: Brazil Now vs the Taper Tantrum
LatAm Views: Modest Growth Rebound 
Frontier LatAm: Ecuador’s Fiscal Adjustment Prospects 
LatAm Views: The COVID-19 Jobs Crisis 
LatAm Views: Promise and Risk in Peru’s Growth Outlook 
LatAm Views: Favorable Reserve Dynamics 
Economic Views: Rollover Risk in Brazil
Frontier LatAm: Fragile Growth Recovery 
LatAm Views - Restrained Growth Recovery 
Economic Views: Chile’s Pension Withdrawals and Growth
LatAm Views: Capital Flows to Remain Subdued 
Economic Views: Financing Brazil’s Fiscal Deficit
Economic Views: Can Brazil do Fiscal Adjustment?
Frontier LatAm: Ecuador’s External Challenges
Frontier LatAm: El Salvador’s Financing Risk 
Frontier LatAm: Costa Rica’s External Financing Needs 
GMV: Ecuador and Ukraine Exchange Rate Valuation
Frontier LatAm: COVID-19 and External Spillovers 
LatAm Views: Policy Space Disparities
Economic Views: Financing Mexico’s Fiscal Deficit
LatAm Views: Colombia’s Fiscal Stimulus
LatAm Views: The QE Challenge 
Economic Views: LatAm Growth and COVID-19
GMV: QE in Emerging Markets
Frontier LatAm: External Financing Risk Amid COVID-19 
LatAm Views: Deep Recession 
LatAm Views: Mexico's Stagnation 
Frontier LatAm - Costa Rica’s Fiscal Outlook 
LatAm Views - Ecuador's Fiscal Risk 
Economic Views: Non-resident Forwards in Chile
Economic Views: Do Depreciations Help Commodity Exporters?
LatAm Views – Growth Implications of Chile’s Wake-Up Call 
Economic Views: Chile’s Moderate External Vulnerability
GMV: Colombia's Underlying Current Account Deficit
Frontier LatAm – Favorable Current Account Dynamics 
GMV: Weak EM Currencies Are Failing to Lift Exports
LatAm Views – Brazil’s Reform Agenda 
Economic Views: Brazil’s Pension Reform and Fiscal Risk
Economic Views: External Financing Risk in Colombia
LatAm Views – Commodity Exporters' Contrasting Fortunes
Economic Views: Pemex and Mexico's Current Account
Economic Views: The Fiscal Implications of Pemex
Economic Views: Venezuela's Falling Inflation
LatAm Views: Colombia's Public Debt Risk
Economic Views: Venezuela’s Oil Sector under Sanctions
Frontier LatAm: Assessing External Vulnerability
Economic Views: Imbalances Build Up in Colombia
April 2019 Capital Flows to Emerging Markets
Economic Views: The Critical Role of Oil in Venezuela
Economic Views: How Much does Venezuela Owe?
Economic Views: Venezuela's External Outlook
Economic Views: Where does Venezuela Stand?
Regional Report: Central America and the Caribbean
Economic Views: Contrasting BoP Fortunes in Brazil & Mexico
Sticky Notes: December 19, 2018