Adolfo Barajas is a Senior Economist in the Middle East and Central Asia Department at the IMF. He has been at the IMF for 16 years, having also worked in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department and the IMF Institute. Previously, he was a Senior Economist in Colombia’s Central Bank Research Department, and a researcher in Fedesarrollo, a private think tank in Bogotá, Colombia. His research interests have included diverse topics related to international macroeconomics and financial sector issues, such as credit growth, the macroeconomic impact and determinants of workers’ remittances, exchange rate regimes and their policy implications, inflation targeting, dollarization, and banking sector issues. Adolfo obtained his PhD in Economics from Stanford University.