By: Shreyoshi Chakraborti
Gita Gopinath is the Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Her major research comprises International policies and macroeconomics. Born in Kolkata India, she is the younger of the two siblings. Gopinath got her bachelor’s degree (BS) from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi in 1992, followed by a master’s from University of Washington and a PhD in macroeconomics from Princeton University. She first joined University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business as an assistant professor, and then as a Professor at Harvard University. In October 2018, Gita Gopinath was appointed chief economist of the International Monetary Fund. Alongside, she is the co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics program at National Bureau of Economic Research, a visiting scholar at Federal Reserve of Boston. In 2018 she was elected a fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Econometric Society. In 2017, she received a distinguished alumnus award from University of Washington. She is also a co-editor of the current handbook of International Economics and managing director of the Review of Economic Studies. Her husband Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal is the Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Department of Economics, MIT.