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Stephen Kay is a senior economist and the coordinator of the Atlanta Fed's Americas Center. His research focuses on political economy and public policy in Latin America. His articles on pension reform in Latin America have appeared in Comparative Politics, Foreign Policy, the Journal of Aging & Social Policy, the Journal of European Social Policy, the Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, International Social Security Review, and the Atlanta Fed's Economic Review. He is the editor of Lessons from Pension Reform in the Americas (with Tapen Sinha, Oxford University Press). He has testified twice before committees of the United States Congress on pension reform in Latin America. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Federico Mandelman is a research economist and assistant policy adviser on the regional team in the Atlanta Fed's research department. His major fields of study are international macroeconomics, banking, immigration and monetary economics. Prior to joining the bank in 2006, he was a research assistant, teaching assistant, and instructor at Boston College. While working on his undergraduate degree in Argentina, he worked at banking institutions like BNP-Paribas and Banco de la Nación Argentina. His work has been published in the Journal of International Economics, World Development, and Atlanta Fed publications. He received a master's degree and doctorate in economics from Boston College, and holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Myriam Quispe-Agnoli is a research economist and assistant policy adviser in the Atlanta Fed's research department. She has a doctorate in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work focuses on undocumented immigration and its impact on labor markets, firm competitiveness, and business cycles. She also researches the effects of currency substitution on the development of the financial system and the credibility of stabilization policies in Latin America. Prior to joining the Bank in 2000, she was an assistant professor in economics and Latin American studies at Tulane University. She has also worked as an economist at the Financial Corporation for Development of Peru. A native of Lima, Peru, she received her bachelor's degree from the Universidad Católica del Perú.


Supervision and Regulation's International Team
Roxana Maneiro, Miami Branch
Rudy Zepeda, Miami Branch

Latin America Research Group
Stephen Kay
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Advisory Council

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes
Professor, Department of Economics
San Diego State University

Kenneth Coates

Martin Eichenbaum
Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Economics
Northwestern University

Jeffry Frieden
Stanfield Professor of International Peace
Department of Government
Harvard University

Susan Kaufman Purcell
Director, Center for Hemispheric Policy
University of Miami