Americas Office research

The BIS Representative Office for the Americas in Mexico City organises and coordinates research networks, conferences and working groups to support timely research on issues affecting American economies and global financial stability. The Americas Office develops its activities under the guidance of the Consultative Council for the Americas (CCA), and the BIS Monetary and Economic Department's Economics for Latin America and the Caribbean (ELAC) group provides support. Published research - frequently featured in conferences and BIS publications - covers a wide range of regional and country-specific topics, including monetary policy, market operations and financial stability.

Research networks

CCA research networks are collaborative associations of BIS economists, central bank members and academic advisers who jointly research themes of interest to regional central banks. These networks are instrumental in promoting an open dialogue on key monetary and financial issues in Latin America. Research network projects are extensive, tackling one primary topic at a time and typically taking between one and two years to complete.

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Annual research conferences

Annual research conferences of the CCA each year bring together researchers from the regional central banking community and distinguished academics. Papers on regional topics of interest are selected by the CCA Scientific Committee, comprising the central bank heads of research of the CCA and the Head of the BIS Monetary and Economic Department. The Seventh Annual BIS CCA Research Conference, "Inflation dynamics: the role of labour markets, productivity and globalization", was held on 19-20 May 2016 in Lima, Peru.

Working and study groups

There are two groups of research and analysis. One, steered by the CCA Consultative Group of Directors of Operations (CGDO), analyses topics related to the functioning or structure of operations and markets. The other, steered by the CCA Consultative Group of Directors of Financial Stability (CGDFS), analyses research topics related to financial market stability.

BIS economists affiliated with the Americas Office

Enrique Alberola-Ila, Chief Representative

Ramon Moreno, Head of Economics for Latin America and the Caribbean (ELAC)

Fabrizio Zampolli, Principal Economist

Juan Contreras, Senior Economist

Carlos Cantú, Economist

Rocío Gondo, Visiting Economist

Marcos Valli, Visiting Economist