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India-Born Harvard University Professor Gita Gopinath Appointed As IMF Chief Economist

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| October 2 , 2018 , 12:05 IST

India born Economist Gita Gopinath who studied at Delhi University and later become Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University in America has been appointed as Economic Counsellor and Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Research Department on Monday.

Gopinath will succeed Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld, who announced in July that he would retire at the end of 2018.

The IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde has appointed Gopinath for the prestigious position and said, "Gita is one of the World’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience."

"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,” he added.

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Gopinath with serving on numerous positions outside India also serves as Economic Advisor of Kerala.

Being named as the top 25 economists under 45 by the International Monetary Fund in 2014 Gopinath had also served as co-editor of the American Economic Review and co-director of the international finance Macroeconomics programme at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

She has also authored some 40 research articles on exchange rates, trade and investment, international financial crises, monetary policy, debt, and emerging market crises.

Gopinath, born on December 8, 1971, had completed her graduation in B.A. from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, the University of Delhi in 1992, Masters in economics from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi in 1994, and M.A. from the University of Washington in 1996 and PhD from Princeton University in 2001.