Fil-Am economist gets post in Vatican financial watchdog agency

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Courtesy: CBCP

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 27) — Pope Francis has appointed a Filipino-American economist to a post in Vatican's financial intelligence and anti-money laundering unit, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines said on Friday.

In a statement, the CBCP said Dr. Roberto Mariano is now a board member of the Supervisory and Financial Information Authority (ASIF) following his appointment on May 9.

Quoting the Vatican News, the CBCP said Mariano is "renowned for many of the econometric models he has helped create that are used today as planning and forecasting tools."

ASIF president Carmelo Barbagallo welcomed Mariano's appointment, noting that the latter's expertise will be of great service to the agency.

Mariano was born in Rizal in 1944. He moved to the United States in the 1960s, and became a naturalized citizen in 1980.

The economist is professor emeritus of economics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been with the faculty since 1971. He was also undergraduate chair in the Department of Economics in the said institution.

Mariano is also professor emeritus at Singapore Management University where he served as founding dean of the School of Economics and vice provost for Research from 2002 to 2010.

A fellow of the Econometric Society, Mariano had been part of editorial boards of international journals in economics and statistics, and has published journals on econometric methodology.

He also served as a consultant to multinational institutions, central banks, government agencies, and private companies in Asia and the US.