Harvard University Professor Gita appointed as IMF Chief Economist

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Gita Gopinath has been appointed as IMF Chief Economist by International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Gopinath will succeed Maury Obstfeld, who announced in July that he would retire at the end of 2018.

Gopinath currently serves as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University. Gopinath has earlier served as Financial Advisor to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

“Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience,” Lagarde said. “All this makes her exceptionally well-placed to lead our Research Department at this important juncture. I am delighted to name such a talented figure as our Chief Economist.”

Gopinath is co-editor of the American Economic Review and co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She is co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics with Former IMF Economic Counsellor Kenneth Rogoff. She has authored some 40 research articles on exchange rates, trade and investment, international financial crises, monetary policy, debt, and emerging market crises.

Born and brought up in India, Gopinath is now a US citizen and an Overseas Citizen of India. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 2001 after earning a B.A. from University of Delhi and M.A. degrees from both the Delhi School of Economics and University of Washington.

Ms Gopinath has also served as a member of the “eminent person’s advisory group” on G20 matters for India’s finance ministry. Before joining Harvard, she was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.

In 2018, she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A year before that, she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington.

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