January 22, 2020


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Willem Buiter will contribute to SIPA’s programs on central banking, global economic governance, and international capital markets.
Willem Buiter, who recently stepped down as Citigroup’s special economic adviser after serving as the company’s global chief economist from 2010 to 2018, joined Columbia SIPA this month.

Buiter, who will begin the spring semester as a part-time visiting professor, will teach, pursue research, and contribute to policy-oriented workshops and other activities on fiscal and monetary policy.

He will contribute to SIPA’s existing programs on central banking, global economic governance, and international capital markets. In addition to co-teaching Theory and Principles of Financial Regulation with Anne Sibert during fall semesters, Buiter will teach a new course on a topic of his expertise starting in spring 2021.

“Willem Buiter is a world-renowned economist.  He first brought his deep scholarly expertise and wide-ranging experience as a practitioner in global economics to the SIPA community in 2014,” said Dean Merit E. Janow. “I’m pleased that Dr. Buiter will expand his activities with SIPA in this new capacity and further enhance SIPA’s programming in international finance, banking, and macroeconomic policy.”

Before joining Citigroup, Buiter was a professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He previously served as a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England and chief economist and special advisor to the president at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

He has also advised the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and other international organizations, national governments, and government agencies. Widely published for his work on open economy macroeconomics, monetary and exchange rate theory, fiscal policy, and more, Buiter continues to hold his research fellowships with the CEPR.

Buiter holds a PhD in economics from Yale, where he also received his MA in economics.