Paloma Anós Casero is the World Bank’s Lead Economist and Sector Leader of Economic Policy and Poverty Reduction programs in Mexico and Colombia.
She oversees the preparation and delivery of World Bank lending operations and policy research on economic management, labor markets, poverty, and public sector reform. She also maintains economic policy dialogue with Mexican and Colombian government counterparts, partner multilateral organizations (such as the IMF, OECD, ECLAL, IADB), academic institutions and the press.
She is an economist with over sixteen years of relevant research and operational experience. She has worked in five different regions including Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Her experience spans low-income countries as small as Sao Tome and Principe and middle-income countries as large as Russia.
She joined the World Bank in 2001 as Young Professional. Since then, she has led senior-level economic policy dialogue and World Bank lending operations in a wide range of middle-income countries (including Tunisia, Algeria, Russia, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Colombia and Mexico).
She has also published on a wide range of macroeconomic topics, spanning public finance, exchange rate, trade, growth, productivity, labor markets, and applied econometrics. Notably, she led and was primary author of high-profile World Bank Regional Flagship reports, including “Unleashing Productivity Growth in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union (2008)” and “A New Vision for Maghreb’s Economic Integration” (2006).
A citizen of Spain, Paloma holds Masters Degrees on Public Policy (specialization in Economics of Social Policy) from the London School of Economics (LSE); International Economics (specialization in International Trade) from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Brussels); and Macroeconomics and Finance from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE, Madrid). She speaks fluently English, Portuguese, French, Spanish and Russian.