Kristin Forbes

Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management

Professor of Global Economics and Management

Kristin Forbes

Kristin Forbes is the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management and a Professor of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Her research addresses policy-related questions in international finance and economics, including financial contagion, capital flow volatility, financial crises, capital controls, foreign investment, and tax holidays.

Forbes frequently rotates between academia and policy positions in the United States government. She currently serves as a member of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors for the state of Massachusetts. From 2003 to 2005, she served as a member of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers; and from 2001 to 2002, she served as a deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Treasury Department. Before joining MIT, Forbes worked at the World Bank and Morgan Stanley. She recently was honored as a Young Global Leader as part of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland.

Forbes is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Bellagio Group, Trilateral Commission, and Council on Foreign Relations. She is on the academic advisory board for the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Center for Global Development. She also is a founding member of Deworm the World, a nonprofit organization that has helped deworm more than one million children around the world.

Forbes holds a BA from Williams College (summa cum laude with highest honors) and a PhD in economics from MIT. 

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General Expertise: Capital controls; Capital flows; Contagion; Financial crises; International economics; International finance; Macroeconomics; Macroprudential regulation


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