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Kenneth Rogoff
New Keynesian economics
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Birth March 22, 1953 (1953-03-22) (age 56)
Rochester, New York
Nationality  USA
Institution Harvard University
Field Financial economics
Alma mater MIT
Yale University
Influences James Tobin
Rudi Dornbusch
Stanley Fischer
Jerry Hausman
Jagdish Bhagwati
Information at IDEAS/RePEc

Kenneth Saul "Ken" Rogoff (born March 22, 1953) is currently the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Harvard University.


Early life

Rogoff grew up in Rochester, New York, in a family of "true liberals". His father was a Professor of Radiology at the University of Rochester. He attended East High School, along with fellow Harvard economist, Andrei Shleifer (albeit at different times).

Rogoff received a B.A. from Yale University summa cum laude in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980.

Early in his career, Rogoff served as an economist at the International Monetary Fund and also at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Science as well as a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a former Guggenheim Fellow.

Rogoff was the Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of International Affairs at Princeton University.

He later served as Economic Counsellor and Director, Research Department of the International Monetary Fund from August 2001 to September 2003.

Rogoff was also in the spotlight because of his dispute with Joseph Stiglitz, a former Chief Economist of the World Bank and 2001 Nobel Prize winner. The dispute was triggered by the critique made by Stiglitz on the International Monetary Fund. Rogoff, in response to the critique, wrote an Open Letter To Joseph Stiglitz.


Rogoff has published extensively on policy issues in international finance, including exchange rates, international debt issues, and international monetary policy. Together with Maurice Obstfeld, he is co-author of a 1996 graduate text/treatise Foundations of International Macroeconomics.

His most recent book This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, of which he was a co-author with Carmen Reinhart, was released in October 2009.

Chess career

He learned chess from his father at age 6, but took up the game in earnest when he got a chess set for his 13th birthday. He was soon recognised as a chess-prodigy. By age 14, he was a U.S. master and New York State Open champion, and shortly thereafter became a senior master, the highest US national title. By 16, he was U.S. under-21 champion and representing the United States in the World Junior Championship.

At 17, he played first board for the US team which won the World Student Team Championship in Haifa, Israel.[1] He finished fifth, second, and seventh in three US Championships. He became an International Master in 1974, and in 1978 an International Grandmaster, the highest title in chess.


Rogoff is married to Natasha Lance Rogoff, and has two children, Gabriel and Juliana. They go to private school in Cambridge.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Mussa
IMF Chief Economist
Succeeded by
Raghuram Rajan


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