CEPR Research Fellow Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas appointed IMF Chief Economist

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The International Monetary Fund has annouced that Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, CEPR Research Fellow, will be the new Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department, succeeding Gita Gopinath, who will join the Fund’s management team as First Deputy Managing Director

The Managing Director of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, spoke on his recent appointment:

“I am very pleased to announce that Pierre-Olivier will join us as the Fund’s next Chief Economist. He brings a stellar track record of scholarship and intellectual leadership in macroeconomic areas critical to our work—from global imbalances and capital flows to the stability of the international monetary and financial system, and more recently, to economic policies for the pandemic era. Pierre-Olivier is known for his agility in spotting emerging trends and for his expertise in analyzing today’s most pressing economic problems. Under his leadership, we can look forward to building on the Fund’s well-earned reputation for excellence in macroeconomics and research in service to our global membership."

Pierre-Olivier has had a long-standing affiliation with CEPR, dating back to his first appointment in 1998. Since then, he has been a Research Fellow in the International Macroeconomics and Finance (IMF) programme, which was previously the International Macroeconomics (IM) programme. He is currently Professor of Global Management and Director of the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy at UC Berkeley. He is also co-director of the NBER International Finance and Macroeconomics program, managing editor of the Journal of International Economics, and member of the Bellagio Group on the International Economy. He was founding editor-in-chief of the IMF Economic Review (2009-2016) and member of the French Council of Economic Advisors (2012-2013). His research focuses on international finance, financial crises and the international monetary system.

He has contributed to some 25 Discussion Papers, including:

He has contributed to recent Policy Insights, including: 

and is the author of many VoxEU columns, such as:

You can read the full statement from the IMF, here.