Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel is Professor at the Economics Institute of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He was OECD Chief Economist and Head of the Economics Department. A national of both Germany and Chile, he spent the previous 12 years as Chief of Economic Research at the Central Bank of Chile. Before that he was Principal Economist in the Research Department of the World Bank.
Since 2004 Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel has been Full Professor of Economics at the Catholic University of Chile. In 2007-2008 he was President of the Chilean Economic Association. He has worked closely with international organisations (IMF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO, UN, IPRI, AERC and others), central banks (New Zealand, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Costa Rica), governments, and universities, providing key policy advice on a wide array of topics ranging from macroeconomics and growth policies, to pension systems and capital market reforms, institutional organisation and policy design.
Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel has been widely published in the field of macroeconomics, monetary policy, international finance, economic growth, and development. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MA in Economics from the Catholic University of Chile. Since 2009 he is an IZA Policy Fellow.
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