Dear Members of the Central Bank Research Association, 

We are happy to announce that Julian di Giovanni and Andrei Levchenko have been appointed as the Directors of the International Trade and Macroeconomics program.

Julian di Giovanni is currently an ICREA Research Professor in the Department of Economics and Business at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He is also the Deputy Director for Research and a Research Professor at the Barcelona GSE, a Research Associate at CREI, and a Research Fellow of the CEPR, and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of International Economics.  He has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, and a Visiting Scholar at numerous central banks and international organizations. He received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. Prof. di Giovanni was awarded an International Incoming Fellowship from the European Research Council Marie Curie Actions (2014), and a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (2016). His research focuses on open economy macroeconomic issues, and has been published in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of the European Economic Association, and other leading economic journals. 

Andrei Levchenko is a Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and a member of the editorial boards of Journal of International Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, and IMF Economic Review. Previously, he was an Economist in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund and has held visiting positions at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the University of Zurich. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004. Prof. Levchenko’s research focuses on the interactions between globalization, economic development, and macroeconomics. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has appeared in a variety of journals including American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Review of Economic Studies.

Julian di Giovanni and Andrei Levchenko will join Galina Hale (Director of the IFM program) and David Lopez-Salido (Director of the MPMF program) as part of CEBRA’s program Directors. We all look forward to working with Julian di Giovanni and Andrei Levchenko. 

Finally, we would like to thank Fabio Ghironi for organizing three excellent annual conferences as the past Director of the ITM program. 

With kind regards, 

The CEBRA Office Team