Houtan BASTANI

Currently accepting freelance job opportunities

CEPREMAP
École Normale Supérieure
Ste R5-21
48 boulevard Jourdan
75014 Paris
+33 (0) 1 80 52 13 64


Education

2008-09: MSc Economics (Research), London School of Economics

Graduated with Merit

2000-03: BS Economics & Computer Science, College of William & Mary

Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

1998-00: Candidate for BSE Computer Science Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Transferred

Fellowships, Honors and Awards

2003-04: Fulbright Scholar, Italy

  • Research project on the fiscal impacts of immigrants to Italy.

2002: Elected member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society

2001, 2002: NSF REU Program

1999-03: Dean’s List

1998: H-B Woodlawn Alumni Scholarship

Work Experience

2009-present: Researcher, Dynare Team, CEPREMAP

2011: Consultant, Center for Quantitative Economic Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

  • Worked for Dan Waggoner and Tao Zha, creating an interface for use with their Regime-Switching DSGE models.

2006-08: Research Assistant, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

  • Worked in the Trade and Financial Studies section of the Division of International Finance (IF), focusing on research improving the numerical methods for estimating parameters of Dynamic General Equilibrium models (see publications)
  • Developed simple forecast average models in EViews, producing forecasts of foreign real GDP growth and foreign inflation, to be used within IF
  • Generated FRB/Global alternative simulations to be included in the Greenbook every FOMC cycle
  • Conducted literature reviews

2005-06: Programmer, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

  • Programmed various projects including the Check 21 survey for banks and Web Census. Both projects involved database design and programming in VB .Net.

2001-03: Research Assistant, Dr. Nikos Chrisochoides, College of William & Mary

  • Ported parallel communication software from GNU/Linux to Windows so that multiple platforms could be used in parallel within a computing cluster. Found inconsistencies between the Microsoft implementation of the Message Passing Interface for parallel communication and the industry standard.

2001: Teaching Assistant, Introductory Italian, College of William & Mary

  • Taught Italian to eleven undergraduate students two times a week, fostering conversation and assessing participation.

Publications

Dynare: Reference Manual, Version 4

with Stéphane Adjemian, Houtan Bastani, Michel Juillard, Ferhat Mihoubi, George Perendia, Marco Ratto, and Sébastien Villemot, Dynare Working Papers, no. 1, CEPREMAP, April 2011.

Computer skills

Operating systems: macOS, GNU/Linux, Windows

Programming languages: C, C++, Fortran, Julia, Matlab, Java, VB .Net

Other: Flex, Bison, PLY, EViews, SQL, Emacs, Git, server administration (Bacula, Apache, etc.), general web development

Occasional contributer to Hombrew-Core

Languages

Native: English

Advanced: Farsi, French, and Italian

Interests

Sports: badminton, squash, soccer, jogging, yoga

Hobbies: making jewelry

References Available Upon Request

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