About me


I am an Italian citizen who feels deeply European and currently lives in the US. I am currently a PhD student in European Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC, with a focus on international economics and international political economy. I previously earned a BA and Master of Science in Economics and Social Sciences (ESS) from Bocconi University (Milan).

I am also an Affiliate fellow at Bruegel, economic policy think tank based in Bruxelles, where I try to offer meaningful economic policy suggestions. My main research interests include international macro and financial economics, central banking and EU institutions and policy making. I focused extensively on various aspects of the sovereign-banking crisis, ECB monetary policy, macroeconomic imbalances and the dynamics of capital flows in the Euro Area.

Before joining Bruegel as Affiliate Fellow, I worked for some time as Economic Analyst in DG Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission (ECFIN). There I focused on macro-financial stability as well as financial assistance and stability mechanisms, in particular on the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), providing economic analysis in support for the policy negotiations.

A full CV is available here: CV_2016.

In 2015, IDEAS/RePec ranked me among the Top 100 Young Economist (5 years or less category). To learn more about that, this is the ranking page.

You can follow me on Twitter at @Smerler

(I like spending my spare time taking photographs, so in case you are interested here is my personal page on LensCulture, a photography website.)