Kristin Forbes

Jerome and  Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management
Professor of Global Economics and Management

Biography | Selected Publications

Kristin Forbes

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

She has regularly rotated between academia and economic policy positions. From 2003 to 2005, Forbes served as a member of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers (where she was the youngest person to ever hold this position) and she is currently a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers for the State of Massachusetts. From 2001 to 2002, she worked in the U.S. Treasury Department as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Quantitative Policy Analysis, Latin American and Caribbean Nations.

Her academic research addresses policy-related questions in international macroeconomics. Recent projects include work on capital flows, financial crises, contagion, capital controls, macroprudential regulation, foreign investment, and tax holidays. Forbes has chaired research projects on the Global Financial Crisis, Global Linkages, and International Financial Contagion.

Forbes was honored as a "Young Global Leader" as part of the World Economic Forum at Davos. She is a research associate at the NBER and a member of the Bellagio Group, Trilateral Commission, and Council on Foreign Relations. She is on the Panel of Economic Advisers for the Congressional Budget Office and the Academic Advisory Board for the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Center for Global Development. She has won numerous teaching awards and teaches one of the most popular classes at MIT's Sloan School. Before joining MIT, Forbes worked at the World Bank and Morgan Stanley.

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