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Willem Buiter

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Visiting Professor of Economics at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations

Global Chief Economist and Special Economic Adviser, Citigroup for 2010-2019

Willem Buiter is an independent economic adviser.  He is a Visiting Professor of Economics at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York and is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

From 2010 till 2018, he was Global Chief Economist at Citigroup, he then became a Special Economic Adviser from 2018 – 2019.

Willem was a founding external member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England from 1997 till 2000, Chief Economist and Special Counselor to the President at the EBRD from 2000 till 2005 and an Adviser to Goldman Sachs from 2005 till 2009.  He has been an adviser to the IMF, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Commission, central banks, finance ministries and corporations across the world.  He is a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European System Risk Board (ESRB)

He has a BA from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.  He has held full-time professorial appointments at Princeton University, the University of Bristol, the LSE, Yale University and Cambridge University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.  He was awarded a CBE for “services to economics’ in 2000.  In 2012 he received a Honorary Doctorate from the University of Amsterdam.

He has published six books on economics, with a seventh forthcoming.  He has written several hundred articles on monetary economics, open economy macroeconomics, international finance and public finance. From 2007 till 2009 he wrote the Maverecon blog for the Financial Times.  He is a frequent commentator on global economic developments.

Speaking Topics

  • Global economic outlook and risks.
  • The new mediocrity: living with secular stagnation.
  • Are central banks out of ammo? What can take their place?
  • Financial implications of climate change.
  • Modern Monetary Theory: what’s right is not new and what’s new is not right.
  • Should we worry about US public debt and deficits?
  • Banking and finance in a world with secularly low interest rates.


CNBC - Santelli Exchange: Unsustainable Federal Debt and ‘Helicopter’ Money

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