Harvard Professor Gita Gopinath Appointed as IMF Chief Economist

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Gita Gopinath

WASHINGTON, DC–International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde appointed Gita Gopinath as Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF’s Research Department.

Ms. Gopinath will succeed Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld, who announced in July that he would retire at the end of 2018. Ms. Gopinath currently serves as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.

“Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience,” Ms. 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.”

Gita Gopinath

Ms. 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.

Ms. Gopinath was born and grew up in India. She is a U.S 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 the University of Delhi and M.A. degrees from both the Delhi School of Economics and University of Washington. She joined the University of Chicago in 2001 as an Assistant Professor before moving to Harvard in 2005. She became a tenured Professor there in 2010.

“Her appointment as the Chief Economist of IMF is a matter of great pride for us. Gita and her husband Iqbal Dhaliwal,  who is in-chage of the Poverty Program at MIT are very close to us like our family,” said Puran Dang, a community leader, a businessman and a resident of Lexington, MA. “Gita did her PhD at Princeton University under the guidance of former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Iqbal who was an IAS Officer in India, also studied at Princeton. They are most humble and down to earth people. It is a great honor for our community that Gita Gopinath has been offered such a high position of the Chief Economist of International Monetary Fund.”

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