Sunday, February 20, 2011

In Profile: Gita Gopinath

The Harvard Gazette has a new profile out on the hottest new name in economics, Gita Gopinath.

It's not clear where she falls on the scale of mainstream economists between Paul Krugman and Greg Mankiw, but you will be hearing more about her.

WSJ recently quoted her as saying about Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, who was her thesis adviser:
He has used several unconventional instruments to stop the economy from going off the deep end and I believe he can be credited for preventing a much deeper world recession.
I'm hoping she is being politic with this comment and really knows that Bernanke's policy is mad. Time will tell.


  1. Clueless effing bee-itch!

    He has used several @$$inine instruments and now nothing can stop the economy from going off the deep end and I believe he can be credited for helping the Maestro of Disaster cause the Second Great Depression.

    I'd take the first 100 people out of any white pages before some Harvard graduate as a leader.

  2. Are you kidding? It's probably a requirement for tenure to genuflect before the Fed.

  3. Hottest is right!

    Too bad she can't match her photogenic qualities with some moral fortitude and intellectual consistency...

  4. Why would you hope that anyone associated with the current den of vipers and thieves has any association with any good idea? Also, Greg Mankiw has shown himself to be part of the same crew. I am trying to understand Austrian economics to your level and this post makes me feel like I shouldn't even try because I don't have the pedigree to make anyone hope.

  5. Some tidbits:

    She seems to have some connection to the FRB, Minneapolis.

    Specialized in emerging markets.

    Has a 2006 piece saying she didn't know why high deficits should result in a recession or a collapse of the dollar.

    Mankiw tweets her.

    Am I imagining things or was there another Indian economist defending Bernanke and the Fed a while back?

    He said something about economics being too difficult for even experts like him to know what was going on all the time - a swipe at amateur bloggers.

    That, of course, riled up all the amateur bloggers who actually HAVE known what's going on...and consequently DON'T have a very high opinion of Bernanke or the Fed.