Gita Gopinath

Professor of Economics, Harvard University

An influential, rising star in international economics.

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Biography

Gita Gopinath is an economist working at the epicenter of current global concern — economic policy to stabilize financial crises and economic reform to spur growth.

Her work in the Euro-zone, where financial crises have been plaguing countries from Greece to Ireland, has made her a recognized specialist in formulating tax policies to pull nations out of their economic slump.

Her research into international finance and her innovative ideas involving sovereign debt, monetary policy, taxation, and trade have influenced both governments and central banks. And her success has made her one of the most influential economists of her generation.

Dr. Gopinath is one of only three women to be granted tenure in Harvard’s revered Economics Department. And she is the first Indian woman to be so honored.

Advocating for creative taxation instead of currency devaluation to help governments affect their economies, she has caught the ear of world leaders. According to Bloomberg Business, “When French President François Hollande unveiled a plan in November for a business tax credit and higher sales taxes as a way to revive the economy, he was implementing an idea championed by economist Gita Gopinath.”

As a researcher, writer, and champion of policy ideas for establishing sound fiscal policy in troubled countries has placed her in the sweet spot of current economic issues and has made her a sought after expert. Dr. Gopinath has participated in the World Economic Forum as well as other economic assemblies around the world. She is a dynamic, often provocative speaker and a veteran of television appearances.

Books and Research
Dr. Gopinath is co-editor with Elhanan Helpman and Kenneth Rogoff of the Handbook of International Economics, Vol 5, published by Elsevier.

Her research has been published in American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, among many others.

Credentials

  • Professor of Economics, Harvard University
  • Member, Economic Advisory Panel, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Visiting Scholar, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Financial Advisor to the Chief Minister in Kerala
  • Advisor, Ministry of Finance, India
  • Managing Editor, Review of Economic Studies
  • Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum
  • PhD, Economics, Princeton University
  • MA, Economics, University of Washington and Delhi School of Economics
  • BA, Economics, University of Delhi

Books

Handbook of International Economics

Volume 4

Edited by Gita Gopinath, Elhanan Helpman, and Kenneth Rogoff

What conclusions can be drawn from recent advances in international trade and international macroeconomics?

New datasets, theoretical models, and empirical studies have resulted in fresh questions about the world trade and payment system. These chapters — six on trade and six on international macroeconomics — reveal the richness that researchers have uncovered in recent years. The chapters on foreign trade present, among other subjects, new integrated multisector analytical frameworks, the use of gravity equations for the estimation of trade flows, the role of domestic institutions in shaping comparative advantage, and international trade agreements. On international macroeconomics, chapters explore the relation between exchange rates and other macroeconomic variables; risk sharing, allocation of capital across countries, and current account dynamics; and sovereign debt and financial crises. By addressing new issues while enabling deeper and sharper analyses of old issues, this volume makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the global economy.

  • Systematically illuminates and interprets recent developments in research on international trade and international macroeconomics
  • Focuses on newly developing questions and opportunities for future research
  • Presents multiple perspectives on ways to understand the global economy

North Holland; 1 edition (April 21, 2014)

Praise
"...this book is an accolade worth having by every front-end researcher, for it offers on a platter the current status of research in international economies."
The IUP Journal of Applied Economics,October 2014

"Since the last volume of the Handbook of International Economics appeared nearly two decades ago, researchers in the field have made massive intellectual progress on topics ranging from firm-level dynamics, to empirical trade models, to financial crises, to global capital-flow imbalances. This fourth volume of the Handbook provides the clear and comprehensive update that students and researchers have so urgently needed."
— Maurice Obstfeld, University of California, Berkeley

"The Handbook series is like the Olympic games of economics: drawing together all the star contributions of international economics in single location, with a unifying notation and modeling framework. This volume will be indispensable reading for faculty and advanced students alike and will influence the field for years to come."
— Robert C. Feenstra, University of California, Davis

"Volume 4 is as indispensable and comprehensive as ever, yet fully updated for the perspectives, issues and important empirical realities in international economics today. Every academic who touches these fields will want to read it."
— Kenneth A. Froot. Harvard Business School

"This volume sustains the tradition of excellence of earlier Handbooks of International Economics. The reader is expertly brought up to date on those areas of international economics which have taken giant leaps forward — globalization, determinants of trade flows, preferential trade arrangements, sovereign debt, financial crises, and more. The volume is a must-have reference for economists wanting to catch up with the field."
— Anne Krueger, Johns Hopkins University

Videos

Global Economic Trends and Implications for India | InSight Lecture at MYRA

Are Global Markets in a Currency War?

Feedback

An independent nonprofit asset management firm:
Dear Gita: On behalf of [ . . . ] and our clients, I want to thank you for joining us at [our] Forum this year and for participating in our investment discussion on Europe. As evidenced from the good turnout for this session, investors are looking for guidance as they consider the opportunities and risks in the markets today and in the future. Your thoughtful commentary provided great clarity to the discussion.

Feedback from our attendees has been exceptionally positive and gratifying. I believe that our continued strong attendance again this year confirms that institutional investors clamor for new ideas and insights to help them in these challenging times. We strive to raise the bar with each program and to keep the content timely and provocative, and we're able to do so because of the strong support from leading experts such as you.

An asset management firm:
It was great to have Gita there. She did a nice job and was very additive to the panel discussion.

A non-profit trade association for the global real estate investment industry:
Dear Gita — I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for participating in the opening keynote panel on the global economy at [ . . . ] 2015 Fall Conference in San Francisco. We consider this session to be especially important, as it sets the stage for our entire event, and we aim to engage panelists with particular insight and perspective into trends and developments that are influencing our industry and broader economy. For that reason, we were honored to have you, Bradford, and Ken join us for an engaging and informative discussion. As expected, we were impressed by the depth and energy of your conversation. The positive comments and post-conference survey ratings received from attendees confirm that they thought very highly of the discussion as well. We greatly appreciate your valuable contributions to our program’s success, and hope you enjoyed participating as much as we enjoyed having you join us.