Shushanik Hakobyan is a Senior Economist working on regional surveillance in the IMF’s African Department. Her research interests include trade policy, trade and labor markets, and preferential market access. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Review of Economics and Statistics and Canadian Journal of Economics. Prior to joining the IMF in 2017, she was an Assistant Professor at Fordham University, Georgetown University and Middlebury College. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from University of Virginia.