Ernest is at the European Central Bank (ECB) since 2016, where he is working in DG-Economics with previous experience in banking supervision, financial stability, and research departments. Before joining the ECB he was consultant at the World Bank Group on projects related to trade facilitation and private sector development. His research interest encompasses a broad set of topics spanning impact evaluations of government and central bank policies in finance, macroeconomics, labor and trade. Ernest obtained his Ph.D. in Political Economy at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. M.Sc. from University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, and from the University of Amsterdam; B.Sc. from University of Bologna.