Background

My full name is Christian Alexander Mongeau Ospina. The first part (“Christian Alexander”) is composed by two given names and the last part (“Mongeau Ospina”) by two surnames. This is (or was) the custom in Spanish-speaking countries (I’m Colombian): a given name (in my case composite) followed by two surnames (father’s and mother’s, respectively).

Main work experiences

Since September 2016 I’m a consultant at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). My work is mainly related to international trade.

Prior to the experience in FAO I was a researcher in economics at the Italian Association for the Study of Economic Asymmetries (a/simmetrie) where I focused on investigating the sources and consequences of macroeconomic asymmetries, and helped to ascertain their policy implications. Some results of my research can be found in the a/simmetrie working paper series, in a/simmetrie policy briefs or as journal articles1. This work was co-financed by a grant from the Nando Peretti Foundation.2 My research supervisor was Prof. Alberto Bagnai.

Just before joining a/simmetrie in February 2014, I spent two years as postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Economics of Roma Tre University. The research project I participated in was aimed at estimating the relationship between socio-economic conditions and the probability (and extent) of tax evasion3. My task was centered in developing models for estimating the probability of tax evasion. Some of this work was conducted at the Research Centre in Economics and Public Finance (CEFIP). The research supervisors were Prof. Antonio Di Majo and Corrado Pollastri.

I worked for almost two years (from 2010-07 to 2012-03) at Centro Europa Ricerche(CER), one of the main privately-run economic research centres in Italy. I was responsible of CER’s macroeconometric model that is used to make forecasts on the Italian economy and to evaluate government policies. I contributed to write various reports and analyses on macroeconomic issues. The principal researcher (and director of CER) was Stefano Fantacone.

During five academic years (from 2011-2012 to 2015-2016) I was s tutor of economics at the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO.

Other experiences

I collaborated for a year with Bureau for Research in Innovation, Complexity and Knowledge (BRICK) by participating in the PICK-ME (Policy Incentives for the Creation of Knowledge: Methods and Evidence) European project4. I applied the Hidalgo and Hausmann (2009) methodology5 to measure the complexity of European regions (NUTS2) by using patent data.

I spent some time collaborating with Prof. Sergio Ginebri and his research group on ageing and the retirement system. I worked on their overlapping-generations pension model and associated macroeconometric module.

I have had a long (though not very frequent) experience as economic analyst at TrendSight which was a research firm specialized in the analysis of economic and social phenomena. It was a nice experience since there were some innovative ideas, like real time analysis of Twitter data and using Google Trends to forecast tourism demand (both started in 2010, so they should be considered as “pioneristic” work).

Teaching

Besides the previously mentioned experience at the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO, I had a course on “Elements of Statistical Analysis with R” in 2012 at La Sapienza University.6 Moreover, I was teaching assistant in the following courses (listed in decreasing chronological order):


  1. For instance: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2014.12.017 [return]
  2. Asimmetrie research fellowship on “Investigating the impact of European policy rules on the recovery of the Italian economy”, http://www.nandoperettifound.org/en/page.php?project=539

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  3. http://bandi.miur.it/bandi.php/public/fellowship/id_fellow/6982 [return]
  4. 7th Framework Programme, Grant number 266959, Cooperation Program / Theme 8 / Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH).

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  5. Hidalgo, C.A. and Hausmann, R. (2009), “The building blocks of economic complexity”, Procedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(26), pp. 10570-10575, http://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.0900943106. See also the Atlas of Economic Complexity: http://atlas.cid.harvard.edu/book/

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  6. http://www.dipecodir.it/upload/file/segreteria%20didattica/programma.pdf [return]