Alfonso Cebreros, *15 (ECO)

Manager of Real Sector Research, Banco de México

I received my Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 2015. Since then I have been at the General Directorate of Economic Research at Banco de México. Initially I started my tenure as a researcher, but more recently have taken on more responsibilities as Manager of Real Sector Research. My current position implies that I need to manage a large team of economists to develop research projects and technical analysis focused on policy relevant issues. Given the various demands for technical analysis at a central bank, my work implies constant involvement with projects related to labor markets, international trade, economic growth, determinants of consumption and investment, and forecasts of economic activity, among others. In addition to my activities at the central bank, I have also taught monetary theory and policy and advanced macroeconomics at the undergraduate level at ITAM, and have been the thesis advisor for several students.

"Being an economist at a central bank implies a constant demand for technical analysis and expert advice on a myriad of topics, often with little time to provide answers to pressing questions faced by our policy makers. In this sense, my education at Princeton has been invaluable and there is not a week that goes by that I do not draw on some insight from a class, seminar, or discussion with a classmate or mentor in order to do my job as effectively as possible.

There are many ways to do useful and valuable work that contributes to society. Do not limit yourselves by becoming too attached to some ideal of what "you should become/do" after graduate school. The technical knowledge acquired during graduate studies can be leveraged in many ways and it is important to recognize and be open to different opportunities that may present themselves. I am always open to talking to grad students who may benefit from my particular experience outside academia."

Yes, I am open to being contacted by a Princeton Graduate Student for an informational interview!