Olivier Blanchard

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  • Former Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund (2008-2015)
  • Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Olivier Blanchard is a renowned international economist and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund. Since October 2015, he is the Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, in Washington. He is also the Robert M. Solow Professor of Economics emeritus at MIT.  

 

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Olivier Blanchard’s tenure at the IMF capped a lifelong effort to restore economics as a disciplined way of thinking about the world that is truthful, intuitive and useful.

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<p>Olivier Blanchard leads the conversation on U.S.-China trade </p>

Olivier Blanchard leads the conversation on U.S.-China trade 

Weighing in on U.S.-China trade, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute of International Economics and former Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund OLIVIER BLANCHARD’s tweet - estimating the Chinese yuan’s drop since April will effectively erase the impact of both the Trump administration’s first round of tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports and 10 percent duties on another $200 billion of goods that the Trump team had been eyeing next - has been cited in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, The Business Times, and more. Influential and internationally respected, Blanchard continues to lead and elucidate on today’s global economic challenges. Watch his remarks on Italexit on CNBC and fiscal expansion in the U.S., IMF forecasts and monetary policy on Bloomberg Markets.

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Olivier Blanchard in the news

Former Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund and now a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, OLIVIER BLANCHARD is a sought after authority on economic policies and news.

9.10.2018  Fed should buy stocks if there is another steep recession, former IMF economist says | Market Watch

<p>Olivier Blanchard headlines conference on macroeconomic policy</p>

Olivier Blanchard headlines conference on macroeconomic policy

Former Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund, OLIVIER BLANCHARD made headlines for the conference he coordinated—and headlined—on “Rethinking Macroeconomic Policy.” In an in-depth and informative keynote based on his just-published, much-cited white paper, “Rethinking Stabilization Policy. Back to the Future,” Blanchard dove into the lessons from past economic crises, touching on monetary, fiscal and financial policy.  The sharp analysis in the paper and presentation became the basis of articles in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, and Central Banking. Called “the smartest economist you’ve never heard of” by The Washington Post, Blanchard’s transformative insights are in-demand by top media outlets and event-planners alike. Just recently he was sought-out for an interview on the economic forecast by Bloomberg.

<p>The Brilliance of Renowned Economist Olivier Blanchard</p>

The Brilliance of Renowned Economist Olivier Blanchard

In this Washington Post feature on OLIVIER BLANCHARD, you'll find golden nuggets of insight about why Blanchard is one of the world's most respected economists. Excerpt:  “Olivier is one of those rare academics who deserve to have a license to practice,” said the IMF’s first deputy managing director. “The world is full of economists who are willing to believe only what they can prove. We don’t have that luxury here. What we do has to be based not just on what we know but on our judgment about what we don’t know. Let’s just say we came to trust Olivier’s judgment.

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<p>Olivier Blanchard is a preeminent economist</p>

Olivier Blanchard is a preeminent economist

As a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute of International Economics, Olivier Blanchard is a prolific analyst and commentator on economic events including monetary policy, labor and employment, financial crises, and transition economies.

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<p>Olivier Blanchard is a former Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund</p>

Olivier Blanchard is a former Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund

A former Chief Economist and Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund, Olivier Blanchard has worked with numerous countries and international organizations on a wide set of issues, from the role of monetary policy, to the nature of speculative bubbles, to the nature of the labor market and the determinants of unemployment, to transition in former communist countries, and to forces behind the recent global crisis.  Olivier Blanchard can share deep insights on the systemic changes that will come from Brexit.

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A citizen of France, Olivier Blanchard has spent most of his professional life in Cambridge, U.S. After obtaining his Ph.D in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977, he taught at Harvard University, returning to MIT in 1982. He was chair of the economics department from 1998 to 2003. In 2008, he took a leave of absence to be the Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund. Since October 2015, he is the Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, in Washington. He also remains Robert M. Solow Professor of Economics emeritus at MIT.

He is a macroeconomist, who has worked on a wide set of issues, from the role of monetary policy, to the nature of speculative bubbles, to the nature of the labor market and the determinants of unemployment, to transition in former communist countries, and to forces behind the recent global crisis. In the process, he has worked with numerous countries and international organizations. He is the author of many books and articles, including two textbooks in macroeconomics, one at the graduate level with Stanley Fischer, one at the undergraduate level.  

He is a past editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, of the NBER Macroeconomics Annual, and founding editor of the AEJ Macroeconomics.  He is a fellow and past council member of the Econometric Society, a past vice president of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Academy of Sciences.