Rodrigo Garcia-Verdu is a Senior Economist in the Middle East and Central Asia Department (MCD). Prior to joining MCD, he worked in the Strategy, Policy, and Review and in the African Departments. He is Mexican national, and has worked for the Federal Government in the ministries of the Economy (Economía) and Finance (Hacienda), and at Banco de México, Mexico’s central bank. He received a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from ITAM.