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Menzie Chinn

Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chapter Member: Wisconsin SSN
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About Menzie

Chinn's research is focused on international finance and macroeconomics. He is currently a co-editor of the Journal of International Money and Finance. In 2000-2001, He served as Senior Staff Economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers. He is currently a Research Fellow of the NBER, and has been a visiting scholar at the IMF, the CBO, Federal Reserve, Banque de France and the European Central Bank. He is coauthor at Econbrowser, a blog on macroeconomics and policy.


In the News

Quoted by Yuki Noguchi in "New Round of Tariffs Takes a Bigger Bite of Consumers' Budget," Morning Edition, NPR News, May 10, 2019.
Interviewed in "Wisconsin's Rebound: Less Impressive than it Seems?," NPR, July 13, 2015.
Opinion: "The Big Bang Theory: Is the U.S. Economy Really about to Go Boom?," Menzie Chinn (with Jeffrey Frieden), Politico Magazine, January 2, 2014.
Opinion: "American Debt, Chinese Anxiety," Menzie Chinn, International New York Times, October 20, 2013.
Opinion: "No Time for Austerity," Menzie Chinn (with Karl Smith and Raghuram G. Rajan), Foreign Affairs, October 1, 2012.
Opinion: "Room for Debate: The Role of Reality in Prices," Menzie Chinn, New York Times, April 4, 2012.
Opinion: "How to Save the Global Economy: Whip up Inflation. Now.," Menzie Chinn (with Jeffrey Frieden), Foreign Policy, January 3, 2012.
Interviewed in Conversations with Charlie Dyer Conversations with Charlie Dyer, 94.3 KNews FM, September 29, 2011.
Guest on Joy Cardin Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, September 29, 2011.
Opinion: "The Downgrading of a Debtor Nation," Menzie Chinn, New York Times, April 9, 2011.
Interviewed in Bloomberg on the Economy Bloomberg Radio, April 7, 2011.
Guest on Midmorning with Kerri Miller, Minnesota Public Radio, September 16, 2010.


"Fiscal Multipliers" New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (2013).

Surveys the recent assessments of the impact of government spending on short run growth during times of economic slack.

"Lost Decades: The Making of America's Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery" (with Jeffrey Frieden) (W.W. Norton, 2011, paperback 2012).

Analyzes the financial crisis, in international historical context.

"Debt Deleveraging by Inflation: Unusual Measures for Unusual times" (with Jeffrey Frieden). Milken Institute Review (2012): 5-11.

Argues for a higher inflation target as a means of accelerating the recovery.

"Will the Euro Eventually Surpass the Dollar as Leading International Reserve Currency?" (with Jeffrey Frankel), in G7 Current Account Imbalances: Sustainability and Adjustment, edited by Richard Clarida (University of Chicago Press, 2007), 285-322.

Analyzes the determinants of reserve currency status.