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Karel Mertens

Senior Economic Policy Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Karel Mertens Karel Mertens joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas as senior economic policy advisor in June 2017, and he leads the macroeconomics and finance group.

His research interests include business cycles, fiscal policy, banking and monetary economics, empirical macroeconomics and time series econometrics. His recent work focuses on the macroeconomic effects of fiscal and credit policies. 

Prior to joining the Bank, Mertens was an associate professor of economics at Cornell University, and he previously served as the editor-in-chief of the BE Journal of Macroeconomics. He is a research affiliate at the Center of Economic Policy Research and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. 

Mertens is a native of Belgium and holds a Licentiaat in economics from Ghent University, an M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in economics from the European University Institute.

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