Alberto E. Valcárcel, born and raised in Puerto Rico, is currently pursuing a master's degree in economics at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras campus. His research explores the effects of oil supply and demand and other exogenous shocks, such as monetary policy shocks, on the island's economic growth. Along with fellow classmates, he has collaborated in the foundation of the first American Statistical Association student chapter in Puerto Rico to spark interest in statistical and economic research in younger generations. In addition, Alberto currently works as a Jr. Economist at a leading research, planning, market strategies and economic advisory firm in the island. In his free time he enjoys watching baseball, historical documentaries, reading mystery novels and going out for runs.