Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Applied Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a visiting professor at IESA.
Rigobon is a Venezuelan economist whose areas of research are international economics, monetary economics and development economics. He focuses on the causes of balance-of-payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries, the phenomenon that has been identified in the literature as contagion. He studies properties of international pricing practices, and he is one of the two researchers behind how the American Federal Reserve determines its interest rate policy when there is a shock in the stock market index and what the impact of monetary policy shocks on asset prices will be.