Curriculum Vitae

Mike Seiferling

Assistant Professor in Public Finance – University College London

Phone:+44 07468689180

Website: mikeseiferling.com

Email: m.seiferling@ucl.ac.uk

EDUCATION 

PhD in Political Economy

London School of Economics and Political Science (2012)

Thesis Title: “Essays on the Political Economy of Public Finance: Taxation and Debt”

Masters of Research Methodology (MRes)

London School of Economics and Political Science (2007)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada (2004)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Assistant Professor in Public Finance

University College of London, London, United Kingdom (August 2015 – )

Short Term Expert

World Bank, Washington, DC, USA (2018 – )

Short Term Expert

United Nation Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva, Switzerland (2016 – )

Short Term Expert

International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC, USA (2015 – )

Visiting Scholar

International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC, USA (August 2017 – September 2017)

Economist

International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC, USA (February 2011 – October 2014)

Director and Founder

Kadox Consulting Ltd., London, United Kingdom (January 2010 – February 2011)

Consultant

United Kingdom Department of Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) [Department for Business Innovations and Skills] (January-February, 2009)

Statistician and Research Assistant

LSE Enterprise, London, United Kingdom (March 2008 – July 2009) 

Research Assistant

Suntory and Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines London, United Kingdom (November 2007 – November 2008)

PROFESSIONAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Director

UCL School of Public Policy MPA Program, London, UK (2020 – present)

Director of Research

Cryptocurrency and the Future of Money, IE University, Madrid, Spain (2018 – 2020)

Director (Interim)

UCL School of Public Policy MPA Program, London, UK (2018 – 2019)

Chair

UCL School of Public Policy e-learning Committee, London, UK (2018)

Chair

UCL School of Public Policy Library Committee, London, UK (2016 – 2018)

Chair 

IMF/World Bank/Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development/Eurostat/European Central Bank/United Nations Conference for Trade and Development/Commonwealth Secretariat Public Sector Debt Statistics Working Group, Washington, DC, USA (2012-2014)

Chair

IMF Statistics Department Task Force on Capacity Development: Governance sub-Committee, Washington, DC, USA (January 2014 – April 2014)

Mission Chief/Course Director

Government Finance Statistics and Public Sector Debt Workshop. Colombo, Sri Lanka (August, 2018)

Mission Chief/Course Director

Government Finance Statistics and Public Sector Debt Workshop. Kadoma, Zimbabwe (April-May, 2016)

Mission Chief/Course Director

Government Finance Statistics Workshop. Dhaka, Bangladesh (February, 2015)

Mission Chief/Course Director

IMF Public Sector Debt Statistics. Joint Vienna Institute (November, 2013)

Secretariat 

IMF Government Finance Statistics Advisory Committee (2012)

Seminar Coordinator 

LSE Political Science and Political Economy Group (2010-2011)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE and TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

IMF Public Sector Debt Statistics Online Course (EDX)  -Main designer/contributor

International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC (2019)                                      

Public Finance and Budgeting

University College London, London (2016 – present)

Data Analysis for Public Policy

University College London, London (2015 – present)

Performance Management and Accountability

University College London, London (2017 – 2018)

Lies, Damn Lies, and Bullshit

University College London, London (2019 – present)

Public Finance Management

Ministry of Finance/Central Bank of Sierra Leone, remote mission (2020)

Government Finance Statistics

Bank of Ghana, Accra (2014); Zimbabwe Ministry of Finance, Mutare (2016); Reserve Bank of South Africa, Pretoria (2016); Bank of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam (2015); Bank of Rwanda, Kigali (2015, 2017); Bangladesh Ministry of Finance, Dhaka (2015); Central Bank of The Gambia, Banjul (2018); Zimbabwe Ministry of Finance, Harare (2018, 2019); Maldives Monetary Authority, Male (2018); Indian Accountant General Office, Chennai and Bangalore (2019)

Public Sector Debt Statistics

Joint Vienna Institute, Vienna (2013); Bank of Ghana, Accra (2016); Reserve Bank of South Africa, Pretoria (2016); Zimbabwe Ministry of Finance, Kadoma (2016), Central Bank of Nigeria, Lagos (2017); National Bank of Moldova, Chisinau (2018); Zimbabwe Ministry of Finance, Harare (2019)

External and Public Sector Debt Statistics

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva (2013)

Government Finance Statistics for Managers

IMF Middle East Center for Economics and Finance, Kuwait (2012)

Government Finance Statistics and Public Finance Management

IMF-Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Center, St. Kitts and Nevis (2012)

Quantitative Analysis I: Description and Inference (TA)

Department of Methodology, London School of Economics (2007- 2010)  

Quantitative Analysis II: The Generalized Linear Model (TA)

Department of Methodology, London School of Economics (2010-2011)

The Political Economy of Public Policy (TA)

Economics Department, London School of Economics (2007 – 2010)

The Politics of Economic Policy (TA)

Government Department, London School of Economics (2010)

PUBLICATIONS

Peer Reviewed Journals

Seiferling, M. (2020). Apples, Oranges, and Lemons: Public Sector Debt Statistics in the 21st Century. Financial Innovation 6(37): 2020.

Seiferling, M. (2020). Fiscal Deficits and Executive Planning Horizons. Political Science Research and Methods 8(2): 329-343.

Seiferling, M. (2016). What’s your Constitution Worth? A Note on the Classification and Valuation of Economic and Political Assets. International Public Policy Review 10 (1).

Book Chapters

Goerl, C. (Cologne) and Seiferling, M.Income InequalityFiscal Decentralization and Transfer Dependency Published in Clement, B, de Mooij, R. Gupta, S and Keen, M. (ed) Income Inequality and Fiscal Policy. International Monetary Fund 2015.

Other Published Articles

IE University, School Center for the Governance of Change (2020). Cryptocurrency and the Future of Moneyhttps://www.ie.edu/cgc/research/cryptocurrencies-future-money/

UNCTAD (2020). Feasibility Report for Expanding Debt Instrument Coverage in DMFAS 7. United Nations Conference for Trade and Development, Debt Management and Financial Analysis System.

Seiferling, M (2020). Zimbabwe: Technical Assistance Report on Government Finance Statistics Technical Assistance Mission. IMF Technical Report.

Seiferling, M (2019). Zimbabwe: Technical Assistance Report on Government Finance Statistics Technical Assistance Mission. IMF Technical Report

Seiferling, M. and Tareq, S. (2015). Fiscal Transparency and Government Portfolios of Financial Assets. IMF Working Paper (WP/15/09)

Aldasoro, I. and Seiferling, M. (2014). Vertical Fiscal Imbalances and the Accumulation of Government Debt. IMF Working Paper (WP/14/209) & SAFE Working Paper No. 61.

Seiferling, M. (2013). Stock-Flow Adjustments, Government’s Integrated Balance Sheet and Fiscal Transparency. IMF Working Paper (13/63).

Seiferling, M. (2013). Recent Improvements to the Government Finance Statistics Yearbook in Response to Analytical Needs. IMF Working Paper (WP13/15).

Seiferling, M. (2008). A Statistical Evaluation of the NAO Survey: Business Perceptions of Regulation (2007 and 2008). United Kingdom Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

WORKING PAPERS 

  • Seiferling, M. “Financial Institutions, Trust, and Alternative Currencies”
  • Seiferling, M. “Sovereign Borrowing Costs, Fiscal Opacity and Budgetary Consequences”
  • Seiferling, M. “Power and the Purse: Tax Compositions, Regime Type and, Economic Development”

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING 

Economics and Finance

  • Understanding Exchange Rate Economics

IMF Institute for Capacity and Development (2013)

  • Estimating the Effects of Government Spending

IMF Institute for Capacity and Development (2013)

  • Behavioral Finance: Disagreement, Short-Sales Constraints, and Asset Pricing

IMF Institute for Capacity and Development (2012)

  • Macro-Fiscal Tools

IMF Institute for Capacity and Development (2012)

Public Policy and Public Finance

  • Financial Programming and Policies Workshop

IMF Institute for Capacity and Development (2012)

  • Is There a “New View” of Tax Policy in Developing Countries?

IMF Institute for Capacity and Development (2012)

Quantitative Methods

  • Financial Econometrics

IMF Institute for Capacity and Development (2013)

  • Structural Vector Autoregression

IMF Institute for Capacity and Development (2012)

  • Quantitative Analysis II: The Generalized Linear Model

            London School of Economics. (2006-2007)

  • Special Topics in Quantitative Analysis: Advanced Models for Categorical Data

            London School of Economics. (2006-2007)

  • Formal Modeling of Social Interactions

            London School of Economics. (2006-2007)

  • Multilevel Models

            London School of Economics (2006- 2007)

  • Advanced Econometrics

            University of Saskatchewan (2004)

AWARDS

  • IMF Award for Research (2013)
  • London School of Economics Research and Teaching Studentship (2009-2010)
  • London School of Economics Research and Teaching Studentship (2008-2009)
  • London School of Economics Research and Teaching Studentship (2007-2008)
  • London School of Economics Research Studentship (2006-2007)
  • Benjamin J. Sanderson Fellowship (2005-2006)

OTHER SKILLS 

Languages: English (fluent), French (moderately fluent), Spanish (moderate)

IT: Excellent knowledge of Excel, SPSS, Stata, HLM6, working knowledge in Matlab, R, Python, and EViews.