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Kenneth S. Rogoff

Senior Fellow for Economics

Expertise

International finance; political economy; macroeconomics; international financial crises, exchange rates, current account imbalances; political budget cycles.

Bio

Kenneth Rogoff is a senior fellow for economics at the Council on Foreign Relations and currently Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Harvard University. From 2001–2003, Rogoff served as chief economist and director of research at the International Monetary Fund. Rogoff's treatise Foundations of International Macroeconomics (joint with Maurice Obstfeld) is the standard graduate text in the field worldwide, and his monthly syndicated column on global economic issues is published regularly in more than fifty countries. His recent academic book with Carmen Reinhart, This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly (Princeton University Press), builds on a massive new data set covering 66 countries and 800 years. The book (a New York Times, Amazon, and international bestseller) shows the remarkable quantitative similarities across time and countries in both the run-up to, and the aftermath of, severe financial crises. Rogoff is also known for his early research on central bank independence and inflation targeting as an institutional device for enhancing the credibility of monetary policy.

Rogoff is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Group of Thirty. He has been invited to give numerous named campus-wide research lectures at universities around the world, and also speaks widely on global economic issues. He is 2011 winner of the biennial Deutsche Bank Prize awarded by the Center for Financial Economics.

Rogoff is on the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He holds the life title of international grandmaster of chess.

All Publications

Must Read

NBER: From Financial Crash to Debt Crisis

Authors: Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff

Newly developed long historical time series on public debt, along with modern data on external debts, allow a deeper analysis of the cycles underlying serial debt and banking crises. The evidence confirms a strong link between banking crises and sovereign default across the economic history of great many countries, advanced and emerging alike

See more in Financial Crises; Global Governance; Budget, Debt, and Deficits; Global

CFR Events

Conference Call ⁄ New York

Media Call: Global Implications of the Federal Reserve's Decision to Hike Rates

Speakers Kenneth S. Rogoff, Benn Steil
Presider Michael A. Levi
December 17, 2015 2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m.

December 17, 2015

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ New York

McKinsey Executive Roundtable Series in International Economics: Currency Wars

Speakers Kenneth S. RogoffThomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University, Raghuram G. RajanEric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Presider Jeffrey R. ShaferVice Chairman, Global Banking, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
February 10, 2011 7:45–8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Meeting

McKinsey Executive Roundtable Series in International Economics: Currency Wars

Speakers Kenneth S. RogoffThomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics, Harvard University; Economic Counselor and Director, Research Department, International Monetary Fund, 2001-2003, Raghuram G. RajanEric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, University of Chicago; Economic Counselor and Director, Research Department, International Monetary Fund, 2003-2006
Presider Jeffrey R. ShaferVice Chairman, Global Banking, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
February 10, 2011 7:45–8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m. - Meeting

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Meeting

Media Call: Greek Debt Crisis

Speakers Sebastian Mallaby

Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations

, Robert Kahn

Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations

, Kenneth S. Rogoff

Senior Fellow for Economics, Council on Foreign Relations; Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics, Harvard University


Presider Neil Irwin

Senior Economics Correspondent, New York Times

This meeting is not for attribution.