Monday, October 1, 2018

Bernanke's Student Named Chief Economist at IMF

The International Monetary Fund has appointed Harvard University’s Gita Gopinath as its new chief economist. I spotted her as an establishment up and comer in 2011 (See: In Profile: Gita Gopinath). Ben Bernanke was her thesis adviser.

And, of course,  she gets a strong endorsement from IMF managing director Christine Lagarde:
Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience. All this makes her exceptionally well-placed to lead our Research Department at this important juncture.
Translation: Rest easy banksters, she is in on the game.

Gopinath was born in India. She received her B.A. from the University of Delhi and her Ph.D. from Princeton University.

In a 2016 interview with the Minneapolis Fed, Bernanke described Gopinath as “one of the strongest and most promising students I ever worked with.”


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