Alessandro joined the World Bank in June 2023 as Senior Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist for East Asia and Pacific. He is also professor at the ESG-UQAM in Montreal. His research interests include international economics, macroeconomics, and finance. He studied the impact of asymmetries in the trade liberalizations for goods versus services on global imbalances, the macroeconomic effects of protectionism, the relation between banks interconnectivity and leverage cycles, and the employment effects of natural disasters. More recently, he has been interested also in production networks. His articles have been published in journals such as the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the Journal of International Economics, and the Journal of Financial Economics. He holds a PhD in Economics from Boston College, a PhD in International Economic Law from Bocconi University, and a M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics.