A citizen of France, Olivier Blanchard has spent his professional life in Cambridge, U.S. After obtaining his Ph.D in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977, he taught at Harvard University, returning to MIT in 1982, where he has been since then. He is the Class of 1941 Professor of Economics, and past Chair of the Economics Department. He is currently on leave from MIT, as Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund.
He is a macroeconomist, who has worked on a wide set of issues, from the role of monetary policy, to the nature of speculative bubbles, to the nature of the labor market and the determinants of unemployment, to transition in former communist countries. In the process, he has worked with numerous countries and international organizations. He is the author of many books and articles, including two textbooks in macroeconomics, one at the graduate level with Stanley Fischer, one at the undergraduate level.
He is a fellow and Council member of the Econometric Society, a past vice president of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Academy of Sciences.
Recent Blog Posts by Olivier Blanchard
- World Faces Weak Economic Recovery
- Lessons from Latvia
- Mediocre Growth, High Risks, and the Long Road Ahead
- The Logic and Fairness of Greece’s Program
- Driving the Global Economy with the Brakes On
- 2011 in Review: Four Hard Truths
- Global Growth Hits a Soft Patch
- What I Learnt in Rio: Discussing Ways to Manage Capital Flows
- Global Recovery Strengthens, Tensions Heighten
- The Future of Macroeconomic Policy: Nine Tentative Conclusions
- Rewriting the Macroeconomists’ Playbook in the Wake of the Crisis
- Two-Speed Global Recovery Continues
- Exploring Economic Policy Frontiers After the Crisis: 2010 IMF Research Conference
- How to Bake a (Cr)edible Medium-term Fiscal Pie
- The Two Rebalancing Acts
- A Problem Shared Is a Problem Halved: The G-20’s “Mutual Assessment Process”
- Global Economy: Continuing Recovery but Clouds on the Horizon
- Ten Commandments for Fiscal Adjustment in Advanced Economies
- World Faces Serious New Economic Challenges