Olivier Blanchard

C. Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow

Olivier Blanchard joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics as the first C. Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow in October 2015. A citizen of France, Blanchard has spent most of his professional life in Cambridge, MA. After obtaining his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1977, he taught at Harvard University, and returned to MIT in 1982. He was chair of the economics department from 1998 to 2003. In 2008, he took a leave of absence to be the economic counselor and director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund. He remains the Robert M. Solow Professor of Economics emeritus at MIT.

He is a macroeconomist, who has worked on a wide range of issues, from the role of monetary policy, the nature of speculative bubbles, the nature of the labor market and the determinants of unemployment, transition in former communist countries, and to forces behind the recent global financial crisis. In the process, he has worked with numerous countries and international organizations. He is the author of many books and articles, including two textbooks on macroeconomics, one at the graduate level with Stanley Fischer and the other at the undergraduate level.

He is a past editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the NBER Macroeconomics Annual and founding editor of American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics. He is a fellow and past council member of the Econometric Society, past president of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Academy of Sciences.

Recent Content

Past Event

D. Filiz Unsal (International Monetary Fund), Olivier Blanchard (PIIE), Markus K. Brunnermeier (PIIE), Adam S. Posen (PIIE) and Tharman Shanmugaratnam (Monetary Authority of Singapore)

December 14, 2020
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Olivier Blanchard (PIIE), Jean Pisani-Ferry (PIIE), Ángel Ubide (Citadel) and Lucrezia Reichlin (London Business School)

December 11, 2020
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An event co-hosted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution

December 1, 2020
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Geoffrey Okamoto (IMF First Deputy Managing Director), Rhoda Weeks-Brown (General Counsel and Director of the IMF’s Legal Department), Ceyla Pazarbasioglu (Director of the IMF's Strategy, Policy, and Review Department), Anna Gelpern (PIIE), Peter Orszag (CEO of Financial Advisory at Lazard), Deborah Zandstra (Partner in the Capital Markets Group at Clifford Chance), Olivier Blanchard (PIIE), Jeromin Zettelmeyer (Deputy Director in the IMF’s Strategy, Policy and Review Department) and Maurice Obstfeld (PIIE)

October 1, 2020