István Kónya is a Principal Researcher at the Research Department at Magyar Nemzeti Bank (the central bank of Hungary), and a Visiting Professor at the Economics Department at Central European University. Before coming to Budapest, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Boston College (2001-2004). His research interests are in economic growth, labor economics and international economics. His current research focuses on growth and convergence in Central and Eastern Europe, labor market search and wage rigidities, and the role of exchange rate regimes in the growth process. István received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2001. He also holds an M.A. in Economics from the Budapest University of Economics Sciences (1996). He currently teaches Macroeconomic Theory (MA) and Growth and Development (PhD).