Gita Gopinath

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Gita Gopinath
Gita Gopinath at the World Economic Forum on India 2012.jpg
Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund
Assumed office
1 January 2019
PresidentChristine Lagarde
Preceded byMaurice Obstfeld
Personal details
Born (1971-12-08) 8 December 1971 (age 47)
Kolkata, India
EducationUniversity of Delhi (BA, MA)
University of Washington, Seattle (MA)
Princeton University (PhD)
Academic career
Doctoral
advisor
Kenneth Rogoff
Ben Bernanke
Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas

Gita Gopinath (born 8 December 1971) is an Indian-American economist. She is the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University. She is also a co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has worked as the Economic Adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala.[1][2][3] [4][5] She is a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Gopinath is a co-editor at the American Economic Review, co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics and was managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies. Her research focuses on International Finance and Macroeconomics.

Early life and education[change | change source]

Gopinath was born in Kolkata, India.[6] She is the younger of two daughters of TV Gopinath and VC Vijayalakshmi. They are both from Kannur, Kerala.[7]

She earned a B.A. degree from Lady Shri Ram College for Women of the University of Delhi in 1992 and an M.A. degree in economics from Delhi School of Economics, also of the University of Delhi, in 1994. She completed an M.A. degree at the University of Washington in 1996. In 2001, she got a Ph.D. degree at Princeton University. She won Princeton's Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Research Award while doing her doctoral research at Princeton.[8]

Honors[change | change source]

Personal[change | change source]

Gopinath's husband Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal is Executive Director at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They have a son named Rohil.[9][7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Christine Lagarde Appoints Gita Gopinath as IMF Chief Economist". International Monetary Fund. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  2. "IMF appoints India-born Gita Gopinath as Chief Economist". The Times of India. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  3. "Harvard Economist Gita Gopinath Appointed Chief Economist At International Monetary Fund". Headlines Today. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  4. "Gita Gopinath joins IMF as its first female Chief Economist". The Economic Times. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  5. "The Economist: IMF appoints a new chief economist, October 4, 2018".
  6. "10 things to know about Gita Gopinath, the new IMF chief economist". India Today. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Mysuru elated as Gita Gopinath is IMF's chief economist". TR Sathish Kumar. Deccan Herald. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  8. https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/gopinath/files/cv_gopinath_2018-04.pdf
  9. "Harvard economist Gita Gopinath appointed chief economist at IMF". The Economic Times. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.

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