Mario Catalán is Deputy Chief in the Monetary and Capital Markets (MCM) Department of the IMF. He has worked at the IMF’s European Department, the Institute for Capacity Development, and MCM on the implementation of the IMF Financial Sector Assessment Program, performing bank stress tests and assessing risks to financial stability in different countries. Prior to joining the IMF, Catalán was an assistant professor of economics and finance at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS. His research interests and publications are in the fields of macro-financial economics, banking, pension reform, and capital markets development. He earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from UCLA.