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Tomasa Rodrigo
Tomasa Rodrigo

Senior Economist

Tomasa Rodrigo is currently Head of Big Data at BBVA Research in charge of Big Data projects for geopolitical and economic analysis. She has a large experience working with BigQuery, GDELT and large databases. She has published several articles about tracking geopolitical, social and economic events with Big Data and has been mentioned in important blogs like O’Reilly.

 

She has a degree in Economics from the University of Granada (Summa Cum Laude), where she worked as research assistant for two years. She has a Master in Economic Analysis at the Carlos III University of Madrid (Thesis Score: 10/10) and she worked as a teacher of Econometrics during a year. She also has a master in Big Data provided by IBM.

 

She has published in academic journals as Eurasian Journal of Social Science and has worked in newspapers and magazines like El Pais and Cataluña Económica.


Latest Publications

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Geo-World: Conflict & Protest - January 2018

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President Trump gave his first State of the Union speech in the Congress to highlight his administration’s policies. Rivalry between Washington and Russia/China and the intention to contain Iran and North Korea have been revealed once again in his remarks. Europe remained calm, while some hot spots were observed in Latin America and Asia.

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China | Vulnerability sentiment resumed upward trend in 2018

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Our China Vulnerability Sentiment Index resumed its upward trend in 2018, underpinned by a stronger GDP and on-going efforts to curb financial risks. Housing vulnerability index has seen significant improvement, SOE index rebounded somewhat despite deteriorating earlier. Shadow banking vulnerability index stabilized while Exchange rate index declined on RMB appreciation.

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China | One Belt One Road – What’s in it for Latin America?

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In this watch, we examine China-Latin America economic ties and explore ways to deepen integration between the two under the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. Our analysis also includes the use of Big Data to measure media coverage and sentiment on news related to OBOR and Chinese infrastructure investments in Latin America.

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Geo-World: Conflict & Protest - December 2017

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Middle East continues to be at the heart of geopolitical tensions. The dispute over Jerusalem has intensified once again after the U.S. decided to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Protests erupted in Iran against the regime amid of unfulfilled promises. North Korea faced new sanctions, but some rapprochement between North and South Korea was observed.

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China | Vulnerability sentiment ends 2017 on a high note

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Our China Vulnerability Sentiment Index (CVSI) ended 2017 on a high note, extending previous gains, underpinned by the shift in policy focus towards quality of growth, PBOC’s prudent monetary policy stance, a stable yuan and ongoing efforts to curb risks to financial stability emanating from housing, SOE and the shadow banking sector.

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2017 Geopolitics: Lost in Transition

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For a further year, geopolitical events have continued to occupy the lead stories on the world’s traditional and digital media. We shouldn’t be surprised by this, if we accept that global geopolitics is in a state of transition and that the spaces left by certain actors are being rapidly filled by others.

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Geo-World: Conflict & Social Unrest - November 2017 Update

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ISIS continues losing territorial control in 2017, while US is increasing its military presence in the region. However, the risk regarding foreign fighters returning their home countries could continue. Saudi Arabia’s political noise and Riyadh-Tehran rift created uncertainties during the month. North Korea’s recent missile test increased tensions.

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How do the EM Central Bank talk? A Big Data approach to the Central Bank of Turkey

Document Number 17/24

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We apply the natural language processing or computational linguistics (NLP) to the analysis of the communication policy (i.e statements and minutes) of the Central Bank of Turkey (CBRT). While previous literature has focused on Developed countries, we extend the NLP analysis to the Central Banks of the Emerging Markets using the Dynamic Topic Modelling approach.

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China | Vulnerability sentiment plateaus in November

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Our China Vulnerability Sentiment Index (CVSI) held steady in November, remaining well within the positive territory although softer compared to its peak achieved during the 19th Chinese Party Congress. The past month saw authorities intensify efforts to curb risks to financial stability emanating from shadow banking, housing market and the SOEs.

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Big Data Spain 2017: Monitoring world geopolitics through Big Data

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BBVA Research presentation in one of the most important analytics conferences in Europe in Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Technologies, IoT, Machine Learning and Digital Transformation.

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Geo-World: Conflict & Social Unrest - October 2017 Update

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The potential increase of tensions between Iran and US and the North Korean crisis are the main hot spots in the month which should be closely monitored. The political uncertainty in Spain after the Catalonian failed independence attempt took up the national and international attention too.

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China: Vulnerability sentiment extends gains in October

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Our China Vulnerability Sentiment Index (CVSI) notched its fourth straight month of improvement in October, reflecting favourable policy mix, marked by accommodative fiscal policy to stabilise growth and prudent monetary and regulatory measures to curb financial fragility risks. China’s focus on quality of growth at 19th Party Congress bodes well for CVSI going forward.

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Big Data & Big Models at BBVA Research

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1. Opportunities in the digital era. Big Data at BBVA Research; 2. Geopolitics, Trade and Spill overs; 3. Economic & Risk indicators in Real Time; 4. Text Mining and Sentiment analysis

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How do the Central Banks talk?: a Big Data approach to Turkey

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Big Data analysis offers a huge potential for economic research. Natural Language Processing techniques allow us to read the policy documents of the Central Banks and to analyse the topics and sentiments inside. We extend the NLP analysis to the CB of the Emerging Markets to analyse the monetary policy evolution over time of the Central Bank of Turkey.

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Geo-World: Conflict & Social Unrest - September 2017 Update

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European political arena focused the world attention in September given the German elections and the Catalonian political uncertainty after the referendum vote. North Korea crisis remained as one of the main world threats, as well as the regional instability in Middle East, which increased uncertainties after the Kurdish independency referendum results.

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