Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Jeffrey Frankel is James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He directs the program in International Finance and Macroeconomics at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is also on the Business Cycle Dating Committee, which officially declares US recessions. He is a member of the Bellagio Group and co-chair of the NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics. He served at the Council of Economic Advisers in 1983-84 and again in 1996-99. As CEA Member appointed by President Clinton, Frankel’s responsibilities included international economics, macroeconomics, and the environment. Before moving to Harvard, he was Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, having joined the faculty in 1979. He has had temporary appointments or advisory positions at the Federal Reserve, International Monetary Fund, Peterson Institute for International Economics, US Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Mauritius, among others. His research interests include monetary and fiscal policy, international finance, currencies, crises, commodities, international trade, and global environmental issues. He writes a monthly column for Project Syndicate. He was born in San Francisco, graduated from Swarthmore College, and received his Economics PhD from MIT.