Stanley Fischer

Distinguished Fellow


Macro-economics (domestic and international); monetary policy (domestic and international); international development


Stanley Fischer is former governor of the Bank of Israel and a former top official at both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Under Fischer's leadership as governor of the Bank of Israel, Israel's economy grew consistently through most of 2008 and 2009 despite the global economic recession. From 2002 to 2005 Fischer was vice chairman of Citigroup.

Fischer served as first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund from 1994 to 2001. He was chief economist at the World Bank from 1988 to 1990. Between 1973 and 1994 he taught economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Fischer received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the London School of Economics and his PhD from MIT. Prior to taking his position at MIT, Fischer held a faculty appointment at the University of Chicago. He has also held visiting positions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Hoover Institution at Stanford.