Vito Tanzi possesses a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. He currently works as a non-affiliated economist engaged in research and writing. Previously, Mr. Tanzi worked in different functions for the Interamerican Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the International Institute of Public Finance, the Italian government and at the American University. He has received a number of honorary degrees from different universities worldwide. Mr. Tanzi is the author of around twenty books, published in a number of different countries. He has furthermore edited many others and is also the author of hundreds of articles that were published in academic journals.