Marcio Cruz is an Economist with the Development Prospects Group of the World Bank and a faculty member in the Department of Economics at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR). He is primarily engaged with the Global Monitoring and Analytics’ team, contributing to the World Bank’s flagship publications Global Economics Prospects and Global Monitoring Report. Prior to joining the World Bank, Marcio has worked as an assistant professor at UFPR and as an economist at the Secretary of Planning of the state of Paraná. His main research interests are in areas of development economics, international trade, impact evaluation, poverty and inequality. He holds a PhD in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.