Alexander Copestake

Alexander Copestake


International Monetary Fund


I am an Economist in the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund. My research focuses on the relationships between technology, finance, trade and development.

Disclaimer: All views expressed on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the position of the IMF.

  • Development economics
  • International trade
  • Robotics & AI
  • Cryptoassets & CBDC
  • DPhil in Economics, 2021

    University of Oxford

  • MSc in Development Economics, 2017

    University of Oxford

  • BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics, 2015

    University of Oxford

Working Papers


Policy Work

& Other Writing

Malaysia 2023 Article IV Consultation | IMF | June 2023

Geoeconomic Fragmentation and Asia | IMF Regional Economic Outlook | October 2022

Post-COVID Scarring in Asia | IMF Regional Economic Outlook | October 2022

Malaysia 2022 Article IV Consultation | IMF | April 2022

Crypto for Dummies | Brown Bag Lunch | December 2021

Strange New World: Globalization, AI and Development | Oxford Global Exchanges | August 2021

Rescue: From Global Crisis To A Better World | Ian Goldin | May 2021

Rethinking Global Resilience | IMF Finance & Development | Fall 2020

Fragility to Strength: Lessons in Building State Resilience from Around the World | Reform | October 2020

Technology and the Future of Work | Center for International Cooperation | September 2020

The Just Transition in Energy | Center for International Cooperation | September 2020

Multilateralism and the Search for Collective Institutional Leadership and Governance | DOC Rhodes Forum | August 2020


Economist Program (EP)
Sep 2021 – Present Washington, D.C.

Macro-Financial Division, Research Department

Previously: Regional Studies Division & Malaysia Team, Asia and Pacific Department

Short Term Consultant
Feb 2021 – Aug 2021 Washington, D.C.
Development Research Group — project investigating the impacts of industrial robotics on developing countries.
Research Assistant
Apr 2020 – Sep 2020 Oxford
RA for Professor Ian Goldin — Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Jun 2019 – Aug 2021 Oxford

Courses taught:

  • Undergraduate — Economics of Developing Countries
  • MSc Economics for Development — International Trade
  • DPhil Continuing Education — Econometrics
Fund Internship Program (FIP)
Jun 2019 – Aug 2019 Washington, D.C.
Fiscal Affairs Department –> IMF Working Paper on VAT pass-through