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Menzie David Chinn

Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chapter Member: Wisconsin SSN
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Chinn's research focuses on an analysis of international linkages between interest and exchange rates, and effects of macroeconomic and regulatory policies on international capital flows as well as policy analyses related to domestic macroeconomic policies. His nonacademic research involves assessment of budgetary, tax, and regulatory policies on short to medium term growth at state and national levels.

Chinn has served as a senior staff economist on the Council of Economic Advisors (2000-2001), an IMF consultant on World Economic Outlook, a Congressional Budget Office National Fellow (2005), on the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers (2011-2012), a Federal Reserve Board visiting scholar, at the European Central Bank and the Banque de France, and as a Wim Duisenberg Fellow.


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


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.

"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.

"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.