Targeting Inflation Expectations?
Finalist ECB Young Economist Prize
New Version Coming Soon!

Abstract: Do inflation expectations respond to changes in monetary policy, namely, Inflation Targeting? Subjective expectations, a survey expectations of professional forecasters for 32 Inflation Targeting countries, and an event study methodology are used to find that countries with price stability as the single objective, have a reduction in short run forecast errors. Moreover, the reduction in forecast errors is the result of a change in inflation and not expectations. The key insight of the paper is that Inflation Targeting does not have a direct impact on short-run inflation expectations. In addition, the change in forecast errors but not expectations lends support to the idea that inflation leads expectations. Finally, the paper also performs a quantitative exercise which finds that the agents attach some weight to the inflation target which central banks can leverage to build credibility ex-post by reducing inflation.

Optimal Disinflation with Delegation and Limited Credibility - joint with Luis Rojas
BSE Working Paper No. 1401
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Abstract: We examine the challenge faced by a government aiming to implement a gradual reduction in inflation by entrusting monetary policy to an independent central bank with limited credibility. Expanding upon the framework established by Barro and Gordon (1983b), we demonstrate that an optimal policy for minimizing the sacrifice ratio of disinflation involves a gradual disinflationary process coupled with the announcement of intermediate targets. The speed at which disinflation occurs strikes a balance between the objective of enhancing credibility and the associated costs of unexpected inflation. Our theoretical framework provides an explanation for the disinflationary experiences observed in Chile and Colombia during the 1990s, wherein these countries established new monetary institutions and steadily achieved single-digit inflation levels through the annual announcement of decreasing inflation targets. We argue that the use of intermediate targets played a pivotal role in their design, facilitating the establishment of credibility with lower output costs.

Evolution of Expectations with Inflation Targeting and Optimal Monetary Policy
Work in Progress

The paper investigates the responsiveness of agents’ expectation variance to shifts in monetary policy, utilising subjective expectations to ascertain the speed of learning before and after the implementation of Inflation Targeting. The analysis quantifies the Kalman Gain and the weight agents assign to the inflation target. The findings indicate a sluggish adjustment of agents’ expectations to monetary policy changes, suggesting a reliance on an extended inflation history for expectation formation. Additionally, a minor emphasis on the inflation target by agents is observed. Incorporating these insights into an optimal policy model reveals that, regardless of learning speed, a stronger weight placed on the inflation target by agents diminishes the necessity for aggressive central bank responses during high inflation periods. Furthermore, the central bank’s response aligns more closely with the rational expectations equilibrium when agents allocate a weight of 10% to the inflation target relative to their beliefs.

Networked Inflation Expectations: A Closer Look At Professional Forecasters - joint with Gabriela Stockler
Work in Progress


You can find a copy of my CV below.


University of Glasgow

Supervisor, Undergraduate Dissertation - Econ 4006P
Co-Lecturer, Growth and Development - Econ 5015 (MSc)

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Barcelona School of Economics

Teaching Assistant, Macroeconomics II
IDEA PhD Programme, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Lecturer: Francesc Obiols, Winter 2020-2021
Lecturer: Nezih Guner, Winter 2021-2022
Lecturer: Alexander Ludwig, Winter 2022-2023

Teaching Assistant, Foundations in Equilibrium Analysis
Barcelona School of Economics
MSc Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets, Autumn 2021-22
Lecturers: Esther Hauk & Hugo Rodriguez

Teaching Assistant, Macroeconomics
Barcelona School of Economics
MSc Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets, Autumn 2021-22
Lecturers: Francesc Obiols & Juan Manuel Figueres