Center of Expertize in Economics

Vilnius University and the Bank of Lithuania have teamed up to create the Center for Excellence in Finance and Economic Research (CEFER), which aims to conduct and publish high-quality research in relevant fields of economics and finance.

The CEFER team of PhDs specializing in fields ranging from macro-economics to financial markets seeks to combine its extensive academic knowledge with innovative methods in economic research. Focus is always placed on the novelty of ideas and methods used allowing the researchers to creatively define relevant research problems and solutions.

 

Researchers

Patrick Grüning (PhD Goethe University Frankfurt)

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Research interests

Asset Pricing, Macro-Finance, DSGE Models, Endogenous Growth Theory

Recent publications

(forthcoming) Heterogeneity in the internationalization of R&D: Implications for anomalies in finance and macroeconomics. Patrick Grüning. Finance Research Letters.

(2017) International Endogenous Growth, Macro Anomalies, and Asset Prices. Patrick Grüning. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Volume 78, Pages 118–148.

(2016) Heterogeneous Innovation, Firm Creation and Destruction, and Asset Prices. Jan Bena, Lorenzo Garlappi, and Patrick Grüning. Review of Asset Pricing Studies. Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages 46-87.

(2016) Labor market dynamics, endogenous growth, and asset prices. Michael Donadelli and Patrick Grüning. Economics Letters, Volume 143, Pages 32-37.

Short biography

2015–present Senior Economist, Center for Excellence in Finance and Economic Research (CEFER), Bank of Lithuania, Lithuania
2015–present Research Fellow, Faculty of Economics, Vilnius University, Lithuania
2015–present External Researcher, Research Center SAFE, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
2013–2015 Research Assistant, Research Center SAFE, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
2009–2015 Dr. rer. pol. (PhD in Finance), Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
2011–2012 Visiting Scholar, Finance Department, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada
2004–2009 Diplom in Mathematics (M.Sc. equivalent), Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
2006 Visiting B.Sc. Student via Hessen-Wisconsin Exchange Program, University of Wisonsin-Superior, United States of America

 

Guillermo Hausmann Guil (PhD University of Virginia)

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Research interests

Primary: Fiscal Policy, International Macroeconomics, International Finance, Quantitative Macroeconomics, International Trade

Recent publications

“The Great Recession: Divide between Integrated and Less Integrated Countries” (with Eric van Wincoop and Gang Zhang) IMF Economic Review 64.1 (2016): 134-176. 

Recent Working Papers, Discussion Papers, and Occasional Papers

“A Welfare State-based Fiscal Multiplier” Job Market Paper (2017)

Short biography

2018 - present Senior Economist, Center for Excellence in Finance and Economic Research (CEFER), Bank of Lithuania
2013 - 2017 Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia
2013 - 2017 Ph.D. Economics, University of Virginia
2011 - 2012 M.A. Economics, University of Virginia
2007 – 2011 B.A. Economics, Universidad Carlos III
2007 – 2011 B.A. Law, Universidad Carlos III



Povilas Lastauskas
 (PhD University of Cambridge)

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Research interests

Primary: International Economics and Macro Labour, Global Economy and Spillovers

Secondary: Panel Data Econometrics, Economic Policy 

Recent publications

(2018) Structural Labour Market Reforms in the EU-15: Single-country vs. Coordinated Counterfactuals. Povilas Lastauskas, Julius Stakėnas. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Vol 44, March 2018, p. 88-99.

(2018) Openness and Structural Labour Market Reforms: Ex-ante Counterfactuals. Povilas Lastauskas, Julius Stakėnas. Contemporary Economic Policy.

(2017) Evolution of Bilateral Capital Flows to Developing Countries at Intensive and Extensive Margins. Juliana Araujo, Povilas Lastauskas and Chris Papageorgiou. Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Vol 49, Issue 7, Pages 1517-1554.

Short biography

2017–present  Director, Center for Excellence in Finance and Economic Research (CEFER), Bank of Lithuania, Lithuania
2016–present Research Fellow, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vilnius University, Lithuania
2016–2017 Principal Economist, Center for Excellence in Finance and Economic Research (CEFER), Bank of Lithuania, Lithuania
2016 Visiting Researcher, Centre for Research on Impact Evaluation, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
2013–2016 Bye-Fellow in Economics Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, UK
2013–2016 Lecturer, Fellow, and Director of Studies in Economics, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, UK
2012, 2016 Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Applied Financial Economics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA 
2010–2014 Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, Trinity College and Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, UK 
2012 PhD Intern (The Fund Internship Program), International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, USA 
2012–2013 Diploma in International Economic Policy Research, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany
2008–2009 Master of Philosophy in Economics, Trinity College and Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, UK
2006–2007 Certificate in Amsterdam Courses in Economics, Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands
2004–2008 Bachelor Cum Laude in Economics (Economic Analysis), Vilnius University, Lithuania



Anh Dinh Minh Nguyen 
(PhD Lancaster University)

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Research interests

Primary: Macroeconomic Policy, Uncertainty and Time Series Econometrics

Secondary: Applied Econometrics

Recent publications

Short biography

2016–present  Bank of Lithuania, Senior Economist at TMTS
2015–2016 Lancaster University, Associate Lecturer 
2014.06–2014.09  International Monetary Fund, Visiting Researcher 
2011–2015  Lancaster University, PhD in Economics



Linas Tarasonis
 (PhD Paris School of Economics)
 


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Research interests

Primary: Labor Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Economics of Discrimination

Secondary: Macroeconomics

Recent publications

(2017) Racial Discrimination in the US Labor Market: Employment and Wage Differentials by Skill. Linas Tarasonis, Daniel Borowczyk-Martins and Jake Bradley. Labour Economics, Vol 49 (December), p. 106–127. 

Short biography

2017–present Vilnius University, Vice Dean at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
2016–present Bank of Lithuania, Principal Economist at TMTS 
2013–2016 Aix-Marseille University, Postdoc in Economics
2008–2013 Paris School of Economics, PhD in Economics 



Matthias Weber
 (PhD University of Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute)

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Research interests

Primary: Behavioural Macroeconomics and Finance, Behavioural Public Economics

Secondary: Econometrics, Political Economy

Recent publications

(forthcoming) An Experimental Study of Bond Market Pricing. Matthias Weber, John Duffy and Arthur Schram. Journal of Finance. 

(2017) Choosing the Rules: Preferences over Voting Systems for Assemblies of Representatives. Matthias Weber. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

(2016) The Non-Equivalence of Labour Market Taxes: A Real-Effort Experiment. Matthias Weber, Arthur Schram. The Economic Journal.

(2016) Two-tier voting: Measuring inequality and specifying the inverse power problem. Matthias Weber. Mathematical Social Sciences, Volume 79, Pages 40–45.

Short biography

2015–present  Bank of Lithuania, researcher at the Center for Excellence in Finance and Economic Research (CEFER)
                          2017–present: Principal Economist
                          2015–2017: Senior Economist
2015–present Vilnius University, lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Business
2011–2015  University of Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute, PhD in Economics
2009–2011 Tinbergen Institute, MPhil in Economics
2003–2009 University of Freiburg, Diplom in Mathematics (BSc+MSc equivalent)


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