Roberto Rigobon

Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management
Professor of Applied Economics


Roberto RigobonRoberto Rigobon is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a visiting professor at IESA. Since joining MIT Sloan in 1997, he has won the "Teacher of the Year" award three times and received the "Excellence in Teaching" award three times.

His areas of research are international economics, monetary economics, and development economics. Roberto focuses on the causes of balance-of-payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries—the phenomenon that has been identified in the literature as "contagion." He studies properties of international pricing practices, and is one of the two researchers behind how the Federal Reserve in the US determines its interest rate policy when there is a shock in the stock market index, and what is the impact of monetary policy shocks on asset prices.

He holds a PhD in economics from MIT, an MBA from IESA (Venezuela),and his BS in electrical engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela).

Faculty Media

  • The Success of Monitoring the Economy With Big Data

    Since 2006, Rigobon and Cavallo have been working diligently on "The Billion Prices Project" (BPP), an initiative that gathers price data by scraping information from online retailers around the...

  • Another Reason Not to Fear Inflation

    U.S. inflation has been accelerating in recent months, presenting the Federal Reserve with a tricky question as it decides how quickly to remove stimulus from the U.S. economy: Is the rise in...

  • Prices and Supply Disruptions During Natural Disasters

    Alberto Cavallo, Eduardo Cavallo, Roberto Rigobon studied the daily behavior of supermarket prices and product availability following two recent natural disasters: the 2010 earthquake in Chile and...

  • This Popular Mutual Fund Type is Losing You Money

    Global-stock mutual funds have become extremely popular investments. But these funds — which invest in companies located anywhere in the world — are not well-diversified and lose investors more...

  • Which of These is Not Like the Others?

    Alberto Cavallo set up the website Truth in Argentine Statistics and did the research needed to validate a method on understanding inflation during his studies at Harvard University. You can find...

  • Video Lecture: Institutions, Geography, and Growth by MIT Sloan's Roberto Rigobon

    Three billion people on earth live on less than two dollars a day. A relative handful of us fare astronomically better. How do economists account for global haves and have-nots? Rigobon attributes...

  • The U.S. and the Worlds Recession by Roberto Rigobon: video-recorded lecture

    Roberto Rigobon somehow makes his audience laugh while summarizing preliminary research on worldwide inflation and recession, data that bring some grim tidings about our global economic state of...

  • The risk in emerging markets is ignoring them

    Investing in emerging markets is inherently risky, but foregoing the opportunity they present could be even riskier, especially at a time when growth in the developed world has been falling,...

  • Nano-data and Now-Casting: The Analytics Revolution

    What do baseball, wine, and healthcare have in common? More than you might think. In particular, people are gaining new insights about each of the three subjects through statistical models...

  • Central Banks Should Heed Food Prices, MITs Rigobon Says

    Central bankers should take food prices into account in setting policy and targeting inflation, said Roberto Rigobon, an economics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technologys Sloan School...


Contact Information

Office: E62-516
Phone: 617-258-8374
Fax: 617-258-6855
Support Staff
Name: Krysta Harmon
Phone: (617) 253-8959