Mario Rafael SILVA

Mario Rafael SILVA, Dr

Assistant Professor

20172020

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 I focus on household and firm liquidity, endogenous variety, and search frictions in the markets for goods, labor, and credit. My work explores and quantifies the interaction between liquidity constraints, aggregate demand, and product creation. In general, there is a lively connection between liquidity and Keynesian aggregate demand feedback.

Biography

I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1987. My family moved to the United States in the late 1990's following my father's pursuing a Master's and PhD in Marketing Science at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. I had interest in economics from a young age, as it provided a disciplined framework for studying what otherwise appear to be chaotic interactions.  But I combined this with interests in math, history, philosophy, and other disciplines.

I graduated Oak Park High School then attended Stanford University and majored in math. I worked awhile as an economic consultant for ECON ONE Research in Los Angeles, and then embarked on a PhD at UC Irvine.

My concentration and dissertation concerned feedback between household demand and endogenous borrowing constraints. It built upon New Monetarist models by examining the role of new businesses bring novel products to market, and how this affected consumer demand for goods and liquidity. At UC Irvine I also developed an excellent group of friends and colleagues. It occupies a special place in my heart.

Following graduation, I worked at Tongji University in Shanghai, and since August 2021 I work at Hong Kong Baptist University. 

Aside from engaging in work, I am passionate about learning from people's experiences, sharing insights and stories, exercising at F45, reading novels and blogs, and building meaningful connections.

I am gifted to have a sister, Fabiana, with a very young precocious son and brother, Alejandro, with two lovely daughters. My parents have been both inspirational figures throughout my life.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

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