Maria Silgoner received her doctoral degree in Economics with distinction from the University of Vienna. Since 1999 she has been an economist in the Foreign Research Division of the Austrian National Bank. After secondment to the OECD and a research stay at the Bank of Finland, she was appointed expert on macroeconomic cross-country analyses. Maria Silgoner has taught at the Universities of Vienna and Innsbruck. Furthermore, she has trained central bankers and government officials from CEECs and the former Soviet Union. She is a widely published expert on European monetary and economic integration.