Monica Tran-Xuan, Ph.D., is a macroeconomist with interests in international economics and public finance. Her research focuses on the topics of fiscal policies, inequality, and open economies. Her recent work examines the interaction between the government’s motive for redistribution and its commitment to repay debt. One of her main projects studies optimal taxation with inequality in debt constrained economies. In another project, Dr. Tran-Xuan argues that governments want to sustain external debt because of their motive for redistribution and shows that this theory is consistent with the rising inequality and debt across countries. She also works on how inequality worsens debt crises by increasing sovereign default risk. Her other projects include optimal taxation of family and macroprudential policies. Dr. Tran-Xuan received a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from Carroll University in 2014 and a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Minnesota in 2020.