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Gita Gopinath GS ’01: Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund

<h5>Gita Gopinath GS ’01 presenting the IMF’s 2020 World Economic Outlook in April 2020.&nbsp;</h5>
<h6>IMF Photo / Cliff Owen</h6>
Gita Gopinath GS ’01 presenting the IMF’s 2020 World Economic Outlook in April 2020. 
IMF Photo / Cliff Owen

The first woman to serve as Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Gopinath holds one of the most prestigious posts available to academic economists. At the IMF, she provides independent advice on a wide range of international economic policy issues.

Gopinath also serves as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University, where she is currently on a leave of public service. A specialist in international finance and macroeconomics, Gopinath made headlines in early 2020 when the IMF forecasted that the pandemic-induced “Great Lockdown,” a term Gopinath coined, would precipitate dire economic consequences.

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After studying economics at the University of Delhi and the University of Washington, Gopinath received her Ph.D. in economics from the University in 2001. She studied under Ben S. Bernanke and Kenneth Rogoff, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve and former Chief Economist of the IMF, respectively. 


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