Illenin O. Kondo is a Senior Research Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis within the Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute.
Kondo is a macroeconomist with interests in international macroeconomics, international trade, and the economics of heterogeneity across firms, workers, and locations. He works on quantitative macroeconomic models of sovereign debt crises, trade-induced labor reallocation, and the optimal design of infrastructure networks.
Prior to joining the Minneapolis Fed, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. He also served as a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, in the Trade and Financial Studies section of the Division of International Finance, and he also taught at Johns Hopkins University.
Kondo is a member of the National Economic Association's (NEA) Committee on Macroeconomic Policy and Race. He is also a member of the steering committee of Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG) and served as general co-chair of the inaugural ACM Conference on Equity and Access in Algorithms, Mechanisms, and Optimization (EAAMO '21). He is a board member of the Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization (CREDO) and the Minnesota Federal Statistical Research Data Center (MnRDC).
He received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Minnesota under the supervision of Tim Kehoe, Fabrizio Perri, and Cristina Arellano. He also holds an M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering degrees from Georgia Tech and a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from Supélec (now Centrale-Supélec) in France.
International and Spatial Trade: trade reforms and labor markets
International Macro: globalization, financial crises, and sovereign debt
Growth and Firm Heterogeneity in the U.S. using Census microdata
Development: political institutions and infrastructure networks
Inequality: racial wealth disparities in the U.S.