Tomasa Rodrigo
Tomasa Rodrigo
Lead Economist

Tomasa Rodrigo is currently Lead Economist at BBVA Research in charge of Big Data projects for economic, social and geopolitical analysis. She has a large experience working with cloud infrastructures, large databases of a financial and social nature (media and social networks). She has published several articles about tracking geopolitical, social and economic events with Big Data and has been mentioned in well-known blogs like O’Reilly or Forbes.

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. She has presented in important forums of Data Science such as Central Banks, Big Data Spain, Machine Learning Spain and Google Cloud Summit.

She has also been an associate professor in Carlos III University and taught in several masters about Data Science and the use of Big Data.

Latest publications

BBVA Research present at the Conference on Non-traditional Data, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing in Macroeconomics. We show evidence that Big Data from financial transactions is very useful for Nowcasting models of consumption and investment and reinforces the power of our traditional models.
Consumer spending growth stabilises at August levels in most countries, but with mixed movements by sector of activity. E-commerce maintains the pace of growth in almost all geographies, while the use of cash is losing ground. Spending on services outpaces spending on goods.
Card spending in September was 37% higher than in the same month of 2019 (35% in August) driven by the upturn in purchases with Spanish cards. Face-to-face transactions gained traction (26%), while online transactions slowed their progress (72%).