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IMF appoints Indian-American Gita Gopinath as Chief Economist



IMF appoints Indian-American Gita Gopinath as Chief Economist: Details, Working Highlights

Eminent Indian born American economist Gita Gopinath was appointed as chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Gita Gopinath (46 years old) will take over as IMF chief economist after Maurice Obstfeld retires in December 2018. It makes her second Indian after former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan to hold the position.

About Gita Gopinath

Gita Gopinath was born and brought up in India. She is US citizen and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). She had received her Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 2001 after earning BA from Delhi University and MA degrees from both Delhi School of Economics and University of Washington.

Gita Gopinath joined the University of Chicago in 2001 as Assistant Professor before moving to Harvard in 2005. She became tenured Professor there in 2010. She is John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University. Her research focuses on International Finance and Macroeconomics.

Gita Gopinath is co-director of International Finance and Macroeconomics program at National Bureau of Economic Research, visiting scholar at Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, member of the economic advisory panel of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, co-editor of American Economic Review, co-editor of current Handbook of International Economics. She was managing editor of Review of Economic Studies.

Gita Gopinath is currently Economic Adviser to Chief Minister of Kerala and also had served on the advisory panel for G-20 issues for India’s Ministry of Finance. In 2014, she had made into IMF’s list of 25 economists under 45. She was also chosen as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2011.




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