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Carmen Reinhart speaker

Carmen Reinhart

Cambridge, MA, USA

One of the world’s leading economists, and expert on boom and bust

Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System, Harvard Kennedy School (2012-present)

Prize-winning co-author (with Kenneth Rogoff), "This Time Is Different" (2009)

Carmen Reinhart is the Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System at Harvard Kennedy School. Her understanding of financial crises has given her a great deal of influence in policy debates, establishing her as a leading authority on the subject.

Professor Reinhart held positions as Chief Economist and Vice President at the investment bank Bear Stearns in the 1980s, where she became interested in financial crises, international contagion and commodity price cycles. Subsequently, she spent several years at the International Monetary Fund. Prior to Harvard, she was the Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for International Economics at the University of Maryland.

Professor Reinhart is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers and the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In both 2011 and 2012, she was included in the 50 Most Influential ranking of Bloomberg Markets.

Professor Reinhart has written on a variety of topics in macroeconomics and international finance. She has served on numerous editorial boards and has testified before congress. Her best-selling book (with Kenneth S. Rogoff) entitled “This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly” (2009) documents the striking similarities of the recurring booms and busts that have characterised financial history, and has been translated to over 20 languages and won the 2010 Paul A. Samuelson TIAA-CREF Institute Award, among others.

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"Carmen Reinhart is one of the world’s leading economists and has frequently testified before Congress as an expert on the global economy. Frequently featured in the financial press around the world, her work has helped to inform the understanding of financial crises for over a decade."

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