Alexander F. Tieman is deputy division chief of the Fiscal Operations II Division in the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department. In this capacity, he contributes to the IMF’s macro-fiscal agenda through work on fiscal issues in specific countries as well as cross country analytical projects. Mr. Tieman’s 14-year experience at the IMF includes assignments as Mission Chief to San Marino; Senior Desk Economist on Turkey; IMF Resident Representative in Skopje, Macedonia; financial sector surveillance and stress testing; and work on program and surveillance countries. Prior to joining the IMF, he lectured in microeconomics at the Vrije University and Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and worked at the research department of the Dutch Central Bank. He has a PhD in microeconomics from the Vrije University/Tinbergen Institute in the Netherlands.