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Povilas Lastauskas, PhD (Trinity College, Cambridge)
Director of Research Centre CEFER       
Senior Research Fellow at VU
Editor at Baltic Journal of Economics         
Editor of Bank of Lithuania Working, Discussion and Occasional Paper Series                                                          


(January 2021)

4 Totoriu, 
LT - 01121 Vilnius, Lithuania

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I am an academic economist. Educated at postgraduate level (MPhil and Ph.D.) at Trinity CollegeFaculty of EconomicsUniversity of Cambridge, I shortly after that held bye- and full fellowships at a few Cambridge colleges, also acted as a Director of Studies in Economics. I was elected into the directorship of the Bank of Lithuania’s premier academic and research unit, known as the Research Centre, CEFER, accountable directly to the Bank’s Board. The Centre hires on the international job market, cooperates with the two largest public universities in the country (VU and KTU), CEPRCEBRANBPBaltic economic association, and organizes a large variety of seminars, workshops, conferences, and invited lecture series. Our activities and the vision are summarized in the first issue of CEFER’s Insights

I am also a member of the initiative group to bring Baltic and Lithuanian academic economists from all over the world together as well as strengthen the links between them and their homelands. Moreover, I have initiated and co-created the first rigorous, modern, English-taught Bachelor’s program in Quantitative Economics in Lithuania, which combines economics, data science, econometrics, quantitative finance, and uses open-source teaching materials. I currently serve on the ECB’s monetary policy review workstream, focusing on the impact of (de)globalisation on monetary policy transmission.

On the research front, I am a principal investigator and project leader of the Baltic Research Programme grant on Micro-level responses to socio-economic challenges in the face of global uncertainties (Eur 0.8M), funded from the financial mechanism of the European Economic Area EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). I am also a principal investigator of the inter-governmental grant titled Goods and labor market reforms and economic activity within the EU (Eur 0.2M), and the main investigator of the European Social Fund grant titled Reassessment of the OCA theory in the persistently heterogeneous EU, informally known as Euro4Europe (Eur 0.6M). My research focuses on the economics of globalization and was featured in major media outlets and blogs (e.g., VoxEU, LSE Business Review,, El Pais). My teaching portfolio includes mathematics, statistics, econometrics (with a special emphasis on panel data settings, causal inference, and policy evaluation), international trade, WTO, international finance, and global economy.  

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