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

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Forbes is the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management and Global Economics at MIT's Sloan School of Management. She has frequently rotated between academia and official policy positions. She served as a Member of the White House's Council of Economic Advisers from 2003 to 2005 (where she was the youngest person to ever hold this position) and currently serves as a member of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisers for the state of Massachusetts. From 2001-2002 she worked at the U.S. Treasury Department as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Quantitative Policy Analysis, Latin American and Caribbean Nations. Her academic research addresses policy-related questions in international finance and development economics. Recent projects include work on capital flow volatility, capital controls, foreign investment in the United States, repatriation tax holidays, financial crises, and contagion. Forbes has chaired research projects on the Global Financial Crisis, Global Linkages and International Financial Contagion, including a co-edited book International Financial Contagion: How it Spreads and How it Can be Stopped.

Forbes was honored as a "Young Global Leader" as part of the World Economic Forum at Davos. She is a research associate at the NBER and a member of the Bellagio Group, Trilateral Commission, and Council on Foreign Relations. She is the vice-chair of the Academic Advisory Board at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and on the Academic Advisory Board of the Center for Global Development and Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also on the board of Deworm the World, an organization focused on improving education in the developing world through school-based deworming. 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.

Expertise: Applied Economics, International Finance, International Economics, Development Economics, Macroeconomics, Capital Controls, Contagion, Currency Crises, Exchange Rates, Globalization, Latin America, Argentina, China, India.


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