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Gita Gopinath new IMF chief economist

Gita Gopinath new IMF chief economist

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has appointed Gita Gopinath as chief economist. Professor Gita, the first woman to take the role, will replace Maurice Obstfeld, who is retiring.

Gita Gopinath, professor at Harvard University, has been appointed chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The India-born economist will succeed Maurice Obstfeld, who announced his retirement in July. 

“Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience,” Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of IMF, said in the press statement. 

“All this makes her exceptionally well-placed to lead our Research Department at this important juncture. I am delighted to name such a talented figure as our Chief Economist.”

Ms. Gopinath who studied at the Delhi School of Economics holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. She was previously working as a co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She was also the co-editor of The American Economic Review and the current Handbook of International Economics.

Ms. Gopinath is the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University.

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