Paul Carrillo, a native from Quito, has an international curiosity for learning and sharing his knowledge with students and the local ecuadorian community. After finishing his college degree at the Catholic University of Quito, Paul started his professional career as an economist at the Ecuadorian Central Bank, where he worked as an analyst until he decided to take the leap and move to the United States to pursue a doctorate program in Economics in 2000.
With his wife and two children, Paul moved to the state of Virginia where he pursued his doctorate degree. Not long after completing the program, Paul returned to Ecuador to work for the Ecuadorian Central Bank once again. At that moment, he was in the research department.
However, his love and dedication to his career led him next to take a position at George Washington University, located in the nation’s capital, where he has been a full time researcher, economics and international relations professor for the past eight years.
He says becoming a professor in the U.S. has been one of the most challenging things that he has ever done. “Becoming a professor in the United States is a highly competitive process that needs a lot of good work,” Paul says.
Paul has focused his research in the housing market in the Washington, D.C. area, where he conducts market studies and research to understand consumer behavior, how it affects the prices and how make better projections.
“This type of work is beautiful,” Paul says. “I get to interact with the students, real estate brokers and other people who use my research as tool in the housing market.”
He also conducts tax-related research in Ecuador. He recently worked with his colleages from Havard University in a paper called: “Tax me if you can: Evidence on Firm Misreporting Behavior and Evasion Substitution,” where he researched the different methods and fiscal behavior of companies that try to evade taxes in Ecuador.
Paul says he is proud to be an Ecuadorian Economist. “My students get a different perspective. The experience I bring to the table helps my students see beyond the textbooks.”