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Maury Obstfeld
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Obstfeld (third from right) in a meeting with Barack Obama
Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund
In office
8 September 2015 – 31 December 2018
PresidentChristine Lagarde
Preceded byOlivier Blanchard
Succeeded byGita Gopinath
Personal details
Born (1952-03-19) 19 March 1952 (age 70)
New York City, New York, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (BA)
King's College, Cambridge (MA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD)
Academic career
InstitutionUniversity of California, Berkeley
FieldInternational economics
School or
New Keynesian economics
Rudi Dornbusch[1]
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Maurice Moses "Maury" Obstfeld (born March 19, 1952) is a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley and previously Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.[2] He is Chairman of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation of the German Federal Government. Additionally, he is part of the German National Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy of Science and Engineering, and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and the Humanities.[3]

He is well known for his work in international economics and his research on the global economy. He is among the most influential economists in the world according to IDEAS/RePEc. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania summa cum laude, Cambridge and MIT, where received his Ph.D. in 1979. Director of the Center for International and Development Economic Research (CIDER). He joined Berkeley in 1989 as a professor, following appointments at Columbia (1979–1986) and the University of Pennsylvania (1986–1989). He was also a visiting professor at Harvard between 1989 and 1991. Obstfeld serves as honorary advisor to the Bank of Japan's Institute of Monetary and Economic Studies. Among Obstfeld's honors are the Carroll Round Keynote Lecture,[4] Woodward Lecture, and Bernhard Harms Prize and Lecture in 2004. Obstfeld is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is active as a research Fellow of CEPR, a research associate at NBER, and an International Research Fellow at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.[5]

On June 3, 2014, the White House announced that Obstfeld would join the Council of Economic Advisers as lead macroeconomist.[6]

On July 20, 2015, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), announced her intention to appoint Obstfeld as Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF’s Research Department. Obstfeld succeeds Olivier Blanchard whose retirement was announced previously. He began his work at the Fund on September 8, 2015.[7]


Books and selected publications


  1. ^ "PDS login". Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  2. ^ Heller, Michele. "Maurice Obstfeld joins the Peterson Institute". Peterson Institute for International Economics. Peterson Institute for International Economics. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  3. ^ Central Bank, European. "Maurice Obstfeld". Peterson Institute for International Economics. European Central Bank. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Past Keynote Speakers". Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Profile". Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  6. ^ "New Member of Obama's Economic Team Has International Expertise". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  7. ^ IMF (20 July 2015). "IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde Appoints Maurice Obstfeld as Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF's Research Department". Retrieved 20 July 2015.
Diplomatic posts Preceded byOlivier Blanchard Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund 2015–2018 Succeeded byGita Gopinath