Ryota Nakatani is an economist in the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department. He also worked in the Asia and Pacific Department of the IMF. He served as deputy director in the Research and Statistics Department of the Bank of Japan, where he led a main macroeconomic model team. He received a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Public Policy (Public Economics) from Hitotsubashi University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has published research on financial crises, fiscal policy, and productivity.