Kristin J. Forbes
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management and Global Economics
MIT Sloan School of Management

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Kristin Forbes is the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management and Global Economics at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She has regularly rotated between academia and senior policy positions. From 2014-2017 she was an External Member of the Monetary Policy Committee for the Bank of England. From 2003 to 2005 Forbes served as a Member of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers and from 2001-2002 she was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Quantitative Policy Analysis, Latin American and Caribbean Nations in the U.S. Treasury Department. She also was a Member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers for the State of Massachusetts from 2009-2014.

Forbes was honored as one of the top 25 economists under the age of 45 who are “shaping how we think about the global economy” (by Finance & Development, 2014).  She was also named as a "Young Global Leader" as part of the World Economic Forum at Davos. She is currently a research associate at the NBER and CEPR and a member of the Bellagio Group and Council on Foreign Relations.

Forbes’ academic research addresses policy-related questions in international macroeconomics. Recent projects include work on exchange rate pass-through, capital flows, macroprudential regulation, financial crises, contagion, current account imbalances, capital controls, inflation dynamics, foreign investment, and tax holidays. Forbes has chaired research projects on the Global Financial CrisisGlobal Linkages and International Financial Contagion. She has won numerous teaching awards and teaches one of the most popular classes at MIT's Sloan School. Before joining MIT, Forbes worked at the World Bank and Morgan Stanley. She received her PhD in Economics from MIT and graduated summa cum laude with highest honors from Williams College

Expertise: International Finance, International Economics, Macroeconomics, Contagion, Financial Crises, Capital Flows, Exchange Rates, Capital Controls, Macroprudential Regulation.


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Click here for a summary of past research on the microeconomic evidence on contagion capital controls, and capital flows (2006/2007).

Click here for background articles on different phases of Forbes' career: Finance & Development (career overview, 2017); Bloomberg (at end of BoE role, 2017); TheEditorial (career overview, 2015); Evening Standard (at start of BoE role, 2014); MIT-Sloan Alumni Magazine (career overview, 2014); Bloomberg (contagion work, 2013); MIT Spectrum (Deworming work, 2011); Financial Times (career overview, 2006); USA Today (at White House, 2004);


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