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Olivier Blanchard
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A citizen of France, Olivier Blanchard has spent his professional life in Cambridge, U.S. After obtaining his Ph.D in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977, he taught at Harvard University, returning to MIT in 1982, where he has been since then. He is the Class of 1941 Professor of Economics, and past Chair of the Economics Department. He is currently on leave from MIT, as Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund.

He is a macroeconomist, who has worked on a wide set of issues, from the role of monetary policy, to the nature of speculative bubbles, to the nature of the labor market and the determinants of unemployment, to transition in former communist countries. In the process, he has worked with numerous countries and international organizations. He is the author of many books and articles, including two textbooks in macroeconomics, one at the graduate level with Stanley Fischer, one at the undergraduate level.

He is a fellow and Council member of the Econometric Society, a past vice president of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Academy of Sciences.
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Greece: Past Critiques and the Path Forward

(5) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 10:07 AM

All eyes are on Greece, as the parties involved continue to strive for a lasting deal, spurring vigorous debate and some sharp criticisms, including of the IMF.

In this context, I thought some reflections on the main critiques could help clarify some key points of contention as well as shine...

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Greece: A Credible Deal Will Require Difficult Decisions By All Sides

(8) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 3:04 PM

The status of negotiations between Greece and its official creditors -- the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF -- dominated headlines last week.  At the core of the negotiations is a simple question: How much of an adjustment has to be made by Greece, how much has to be...

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La economía mundial ante cuatro fuerzas

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 4:32 PM

En nuestras Perspectivas de la economía mundial (informe WEO) de abril de 2015 pronosticamos que el crecimiento mundial de este año será más o menos igual al del año pasado, 3,5% frente 3,4%. Esta cifra mundial refleja un repunte del crecimiento en las economías avanzadas, 2,4% frente a 1,8%,...

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Four Forces Facing the Global Economy

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 11:07 AM

In our April 2015 World Economic Outlook, we forecast global growth to be roughly the same this year as it was last year, 3.5 percent vs. 3.4 percent.   This global number reflects an increase in growth in advanced economies, 2.4 percent vs. 1.8 percent, offset by a decrease...

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Global Economy Faces Strong and Complex Crosscurrents

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 10:30 AM

The world economy is facing strong and complex crosscurrents.  On the one hand, major economies are benefiting from the decline in the price of oil.  On the other, in many parts of the world, lower long-run prospects adversely affect demand, resulting in a strong undertow.

We released the

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7 Questions About the Recent Oil Price Slump

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 4:48 PM

Oil prices have plunged recently, affecting everyone: producers, exporters, governments, and consumers.  Overall, we see this as a shot in the arm for the global economy. Bearing in mind that our simulations do not represent a forecast of the state of the global economy, we find a gain for world...

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Secuelas, nubarrones e incertidumbres

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 10:21 AM

La recuperación continúa, pero es débil y desigual.

Ya ha visto las cifras básicas de nuestras proyecciones más recientes publicadas en la edición de octubre de Perspectivas de la economía mundial (informe WEO). Nuestros pronósticos de crecimiento son de 3,3% para 2014 y 3,8% para 2015, es decir, 0,1%...

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Legacies, Clouds and Uncertainties

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 10:51 AM

The recovery continues, but it is weak and uneven.

You have now seen the basic numbers from our latest projections in the October 2014 World Economic Outlook released today.  We forecast world growth to be 3.3% in 2014, down 0.1% from our July forecast, and 3.8% in 2015, down...

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The Slow Recovery Continues

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 5:37 PM

The recovery continues, but it remains weak, indeed a bit weaker than we forecast in April.

We have revised our forecast for world growth in 2014 from 3.7 percent in April to 3.4 percent today. This headline number makes things look worse than they really are. To a large...

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Ahora que mejora la demanda, prestemos atención a la oferta

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 5:45 PM

La dinámica que se perfilaba cuando publicamos la edición de octubre de 2013 de Perspectivas de la economía mundial (informe WEO, por sus siglas en inglés) es cada vez más patente. En otras palabras, la recuperación se está afianzando.

En la última edición del informe WEO,...

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As Demand Improves, Time to Focus More on Supply

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:41 PM

The dynamics that were emerging at the time of the October 2013 World Economic Outlook are becoming more visible. Put simply, the recovery is strengthening.

In our recent World Economic Outlook, we forecast world growth to be 3.6 percent this year and 3.9 percent next year,...

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Recovery Strengthening, But Much Work Remains

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 11:30 AM

I want to take a moment today to remember our colleague Wabel Abdallah, who was our resident representative in Afghanistan and who, as many of you know, was killed in the terrorist attack in Kabul on Friday. We are mourning a colleague, a friend to many of us, above all...

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International Policy Coordination: The Loch Ness Monster

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 11:48 AM

International policy coordination is like the Loch Ness monster: much discussed but rarely seen. Going back over the decades, and even further in history to the period between the Great Wars, coordination efforts have been episodic.

Coordination seems to occur spontaneously in turbulent periods, when the world faces the prospect...

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La política monetaria nunca volverá a ser como antes

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 12:49 PM

El mes pasado, el FMI organizó una importante conferencia, en honor a Stanley Fischer, sobre las enseñanzas de la crisis. En este artículo, presentaré mi visión personal de la misma y me centraré en lo que, en mi opinión, son las enseñanzas para la formulación de la política...

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Monetary Policy Will Never Be the Same

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 12:40 PM

Two weeks ago, the IMF organized a major research conference, in honor of Stanley Fischer, on lessons from the crisis. Here is my take. I shall focus on what I see as the lessons for monetary policy, but before I do this, let me mention two other important...

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Advanced Economies Strengthening, Emerging Market Economies Weakening

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 4:58 PM

The issue probably foremost on everyone's mind is the fiscal situation in the United States and its potential implications.

While the focus is on the shutdown and the debt ceiling, we should not forget the sequester, which is leading to a fiscal consolidation this year which is both too large...

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Global Outlook -- Still Three Speeds, But Slower

(5) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 9:00 PM

Today we released our update of the World Economic Outlook.

The world economy remains in 3-speed mode.  Emerging markets are still growing rapidly.  The US recovery is steady.  And much of Europe continues to struggle. 

There is however a twist to the story.   Growth almost everywhere is...

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Rethinking Macroeconomic Policy

(22) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 1:17 PM

The IMF has just hosted a second conference devoted to rethinking macroeconomic policy in the wake of the crisis. After two days of fascinating presentations and discussions, I am certain of one thing: this is unlikely to be our last conference on the subject.

Rethinking and reforms are...

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The World's Three Speed Economic Recovery

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 2:45 PM

The main theme of our latest outlook is one that you have now heard for a few days: we have moved from a two-speed recovery to a three-speed recovery.

Emerging market and developing economies are still going strong, but in advanced economies, there appears to be a growing bifurcation between...

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Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Getting the Labor Markets Working Again

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 4:22 PM

The sharp and persistent rise in unemployment in advanced economies since the 2008-09 financial crisis is a hotly debated policy issue. Rightly so: High persistent unemployment has major human and economic costs, from loss of morale to loss of skills. More broadly, it seems to undermine the very fabric of...

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