Christian Volpe Martincus is Lead Economist at the Integration and Trade Sector (INT) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Christian has expertise in international trade, regional integration, and economic geography. He previously worked for the Ministry of the Economy of the Province of Buenos Aires and was advisor at the MERCOSUR Commission of the National Representatives Chamber in Argentina. In addition, he was researcher at the Center for European Integration Studies in Bonn, Germany. At the IDB Christian has been working on the role of export promotion in shaping countries’ export diversification profiles, the effect of transport costs on trade flows, the impact of integration on specialization patterns, the effect of certifications on firms’ export performance, the interplay between innovation and exports, and has recently lead an innovative project aimed to assess the impacts of several trade facilitation policies on firms and their countries trade outcomes. Christian holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Bonn and a Master in Economics from the National University of La Plata (Argentina).