Kenneth West is the John D. MacArthur and Ragnar Frisch Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. West received a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Wesleyan University in 1973 and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983. He taught at Princeton University from 1983 to 1988 before coming to the University of Wisconsin in 1988. He has held Visiting Scholar positions at several central banks and at several branches of the U.S. Federal Reserve System.
West is currently Co-editor of the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, and has previously served as Co-editor of the American Economic Review. He has published widely in the fields of macroeconomics, finance, international economics and econometrics. Administrative positions include two terms as Chair of the Economics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Honors include the John M. Stauffer National Fellowship in Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Fellow of the Econometric Society, and Abe Fellowship.