|Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund|
8 September 2015 – 31 December 2018
|Preceded by||Olivier Blanchard|
|Succeeded by||Gita Gopinath|
|Born||19 March 1952|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Education||University of Pennsylvania (BA)|
King's College, Cambridge (MA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD)
|Institution||University of California, Berkeley|
|New Keynesian economics|
|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. 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.
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, 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.
On June 3, 2014, the White House announced that Obstfeld would join the Council of Economic Advisers as lead macroeconomist.
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.