Roberto Rigobon

Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management
Professor of Applied Economics


Roberto Rigobon

Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management and a Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and a visiting professor at IESA.

Roberto is a Venezuelan economist whose 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. Currently he studies properties of international pricing practices, trying to produce alternative measures of inflation.  He is one of the two founding members of the Billion Prices Project, and a co-founder of PriceStats.

Roberto joined the business school in 1997 and has won both the "Teacher of the Year" award and the "Excellence in Teaching" award at MIT three times.

He received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1997, an MBA from IESA (Venezuela) in 1991, and his BS in Electrical Engineer from Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela) in 1984. He is married with three kids.

Faculty Media

  • Data Made to Matter Podcast: Don't Lie to Me, Argentina

    MIT Sloan Professors Roberto Rigobon and Alberto Cavallo are leading a revolution in online data.

  • 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...

  • Data Dilemma: To Raise or Not to Raise...

    For the past several months, the Fed has struggled to decide when it will dictate an increase, and it appears the announcement is imminent this week. While this increase is actually more of a "...

  • After the Greek Vote, No Quick Solutions

    In an email to CBS MoneyWatch, Roberto Rigobon, a professor of applied economics at MIT's Sloan School of Management, argued that the Greek referendum was a mistake, calling it "a tantrum from an...

  • A Way, Day by Day, of Gauging Prices

    A Wall Street Journal article on Professor Roberto Rigobon's fascinating Billions of Prices Project.

  • The Arrogance of the Disciplinarians

    The argument is extraordinarily simple: if a country cannot discipline itself, then we will teach it discipline through financial lashes. After all, didn’t Greece bring this pain on itself?

  • MIT Conference on the Digital Economy, London 2015

    IT Sloan Professor Roberto Rigobon chats with Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman from theCube for the live pre-show to the MIT Conference on the Digital Economy: The Second Machine Age to discuss the...

  • 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...


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Economics for Business (self-paced online) Feb 13-Apr 13, 2021 | May 5-Jul 6, 2021 | Jul 21-Sep 21, 2021 | Oct 6-Dec 7, 2021

Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application (self-paced online) Feb 10-Mar 30, 2021 | Apr 21-Jun 8, 2021 | Jun 30-Aug 17, 2021 | Sep 8-Oct 26, 2021 | Nov 17, 2021-Jan 25, 2022

Don't Lie to Me, Argentina

In this MIT Sloan Data Made to Matter podcast episode, Roberto Rigobon discusses the Billion Prices Project which uses online data collected from around the world to conduct economic research. Their goal is to measure every aspect of life accurately, starting with the real rate of inflation in Argentina.

What's "Kind" Got to Do With It?

We’re under-investing in the ideas that are going to solve the world’s most important problems. So, the question is, what is a reasonable way forward in this environment? Rigobon addresses this question in his. Learn how firms and society can benefit from kindness, and how we can collectively change the narrative in public discussion.