I've always had this idea of building a platform where I could share the interesting work and data viz that I create as a macroeconomics researcher. While we want to engage, educate, and share our information to a broader audience, you just have to admit that macroeconomics is a topic that is dense and bland to a lot of people. A layman doesn't necessarily associate creativity with macroeconomics and finance.
There is a saying that encapsulates how people feel about our science:
You don't care about macroeconomics until you've lost your job.
My goal is to bridge this gap. To reach out and bring macroecon awareness to the streets. To reduce the jargon that many economists have been hiding behind for ages, and simplify the language. Because how can we expect people to support our policies if they don't even understand what we're talking about?
I am a researcher at the International Monetary Fund. I have juggled a number of roles at the IMF in the last four years that I've been here: from Research Analyst for low-income economies to Information Officer validating data submissions by our member countries.
Currently my official title is Research Assistant, and I support the Deputy Managing Director, a high-ranking official of the IMF.
The cool thing about my job is that I get to collaborate with a member of top management despite being a junior staffer. This enables me to experiment and innovate with data analytics and visualizations. I wear many hats in this office. There are days when I prepare coffee and days when I am a data guru, a statistician, speechwriter, or economist. I'd like to think that I stir these roles together and get a data scientist.
That being said, it is now a good time to invoke the mandatory disclaimer:
My opinions are not official statements of the IMF, or any institution that I have worked for in the past.
On a more personal note..
I am an economist by training. I did my undergraduate studies in Economics at the University of the Philippines in 2004. After a few years of working in the private sector back home, I went to graduate school and completed an M.A. in Applied Economics at the Johns Hopkins University in 2011.