Abdul Abiad is Deputy Division Chief in the IMF's Research Department, where he works on the World Economic Outlook. His past research has centered around the issues of domestic financial sector development and international financial integration. He also worked on Central and Eastern Europe while in the IMF's European Department.
Fluent In: Tagalog.
Ph.D. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 2002
M.A. Economics (coursework only), University of the Philippines–Diliman, 1994
B.S. Mathematics (magna cum laude), University of the Philippines–Diliman, 1992
International Monetary Fund, October 2000-present
Senior Economist, Research Department (World Economic Outlook), October 2009–present
Senior Economist, Research Department (Macro-Financial Linkages), May-October 2009
Senior Economist, Research Department (Exchange Rate Issues), Jan 2007–April 2009
Economist, European Department (Hungary), October 2004–January 2007
Economist, Research Department (Financial Studies), October 2001–October 2004
Economist, European I (Romania), October 2000–September 2001
Senior Lecturer, University of the Philippines–Diliman, June 1998–March 1999
Database Director/Economist, Foundation for Economic Freedom, July 1998–March 1999
IMF Books and Working Papers:
The Rising Resilience of Emerging Market and Developing Economies, Working Paper No. 12/300, December 20, 2012
Creditless Recoveries, Working Paper No. 11/58, March 01, 2011
How Does Trade Evolve in the Aftermath of Financial Crises?, Working Paper No. 11/3, January 01, 2011
What’s the Damage? Medium-term Output Dynamics After Banking Crises, Working Paper No. 09/245, November 01, 2009
Evaluating Historical CGER Assessments:How Well Have They Predicted Subsequent Exchange Rate Movements?, Working Paper No. 09/32, February 01, 2009
A New Database of Financial Reforms, Working Paper No. 08/266, December 01, 2008
International Finance and Income Convergence: Europe is Different, Working Paper No. 07/64, March 01, 2007
Growth in the Central and Eastern European Countries of the European Union, Occasional Paper No. 252, January 03, 2007
Primary Surpluses and sustainable Debt Levels in Emerging Market Countries, Policy Discussion Paper No. 05/6, October 01, 2005
Financial Reform: What Shakes It? What Shapes It?, Economic Issues No. 35, July 12, 2005
Underlying Factors Driving Fiscal Effort in Emerging Market Economies, Working Paper No. 05/106, June 01, 2005
The Quality Effect: Does Financial Liberalization Improve the Allocation of Capital?, Working Paper No. 04/112, June 01, 2004
Financial Reform: What Shakes It? What Shapes It?, Working Paper No. 03/70, April 01, 2003
Early Warning Systems: A Survey and a Regime-Switching Approach, Working Paper No. 03/32, February 01, 2003
Other Published Materials
"Common and Country-Specific Components in CE-4 Currency Movements: What’s Holding the Forint Up?" Hungary Selected Issues (IMF Country Report No. 06/367), October 2006.
"Growth and Current Account Performance: Results from a Cross-Country Model" (with D. Leigh), Hungary Selected Issues (IMF Country Report No. 05/215), June 2005.
Other Published Materials
“A New Database of Financial Reforms,” (with E. Detragiache and T. Tressel), IMF Staff Papers, Vol. 57, No. 2 (June 2010), pp. 281–302.
"Financial Integration, Capital Mobility, and Income Convergence," (with D. Leigh and A. Mody), Economic Policy, Vol. 24, Issue No. 58 (April 2009), pp. 241–305.
"The Quality Effect: Does Financial Liberalization Improve the Allocation of Capital?" (with N. Oomes and K. Ueda), Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 87, No. 2 (October 2008), pp. 270–82.
"Early Warning Systems: A Regime-switching Approach," in Hidden Markov Models in Finance, R. Mamon and R. Elliott (eds.), New York: Springer-Verlag, 2007.
"Financial Reform: What Shakes It? What Shapes It?" (with A. Mody), American Economic Review, Vol. 95, No. 1 (March 2005), pp. 66–88.