Joao Tovar Jalles, a Portuguese national, is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Lisbon. Previously he was a Senior Economist at the Portuguese Public Finance Council. Before that he spent 5 years at the IMF: 1 year in the Research Department and 4 years in the Fiscal Affairs Department. Before joining the Fund, Joao was the Economist of the Brazil-Portugal Desk at the OECD's Economics Department and before that a Fiscal Economist at the ECB's Fiscal Policies Division. Joao was also a Visiting Scholar at the IMF's Research Department and a Visiting Researcher at the Bank of Portugal's Research Department. Academically, he was an Invited Lecturer at Sciences Po (France), Assistant Professor at the University of Aberdeen (UK) and he also taught at the University of Cambridge (UK) and Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). Joao's main research areas include fiscal policy and public finance, assessment of forecasting performance, structural reforms, macro-financial linkages and energy economics. He has published more than 100 academic papers in refereed journals such as: Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Oxford Economic Papers, International Journal of Forecasting, Economics Letters, Energy Economics, Regional Studies, Journal of International Money and Finance. Joao holds a B.Sc. in Economics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), a M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Warwick (UK) and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge (UK).
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