We had the great pleasure of speaking to Olivier Blanchard, who shared his thoughts on all things macroeconomics, from US monetary policy and inflation to Agent-Based Modelling and Bitcoin. Olivier is the C. Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington D.C., and the Robert M. Solow Professor of Economics emeritus at his alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After obtaining his PhD in economics in 1977, he taught at both Harvard and MIT before being appointed Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2008. He joined the Peterson Institute following his departure at the IMF in 2015.
Read the full interview here.
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