René Tapsoba is an Economist in the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD), having worked previously in the African Department. His recent research covers a wide range of issues, including notably the Interactions between fiscal and monetary policies, inflation targeting, fiscal rules, optimality of monetary policy in west africa, natural resources wealth and inclusive growth, international economics and development economics. His work has been published in several journals, including the Journal of International Money and Finance, and Economic Modelling. His paper with J.L. Combes and A. Minea on Inflation Targeting and Fiscal Rules: Do Interactions and Sequencing Matter? won the Award for the best article of the International Network for Economic Research (INFER) conference (2013). He holds a PhD in Economics from CERDI/University of Auvergne (France), for which he received the International Prize of Best PhD Dissertation in Economics by the CEDIMES Institute (Paris, Sorbonne). He was an IMF nominee for the 5th Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings in Economic Sciences.