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Biographical Sketches

Editor(s):
Mario Bléjer, and Ke-young Chu
Published Date:
June 1989
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Gloria Bartoli, an Italian, is an Economist in the Special Fiscal Studies Division of the Fund’s Fiscal Affairs Department. She graduated from the University of Turin and became Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Calabria. She worked as a consultant to several private and public institutions before joining the Fund. Ms. Bartoli has published in the areas of macroeconomic thought, microeconomic formulations of stabilization policies, credit theory, and fiscal policy.

Mario I. Blejer is Chief of the Special Fiscal Studies Division in the Fund’s Fiscal Affairs Department. He received a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago, and has taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Boston University, and New York University. He has also been a consultant to the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, and has published numerous studies—in the areas of international economics, monetary theory, public finance, and macroeconomics—dealing primarily with the problems of developing countries.

Adrienne Cheasty, a citizen of Ireland, is an Economist in the Special Fiscal Studies Division of the Fund’s Fiscal Affairs Department. She graduated from Trinity College (Dublin) and Yale University, and has lectured in public finance at Yale and Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut). She has published in the areas of macroeconomic policy, social expenditures, and planned economies.

Ke-young Chu, a Korean, is Chief of the Government Expenditure Analysis Division of the Fund’s Fiscal Affairs Department, and was Assistant Chief of the Department’s Special Fiscal Studies Division when he began working on this book. Before joining the Fiscal Affairs Department, he was in the Research Department. He received a doctorate in economics from Columbia University. Mr. Chu has published in the areas of fiscal policy issues in developing countries and world primary commodity markets.

Ziba Farhadian-Lorie, an Iranian, is an Operations Officer in the Fund’s Treasurer’s Department. Before joining the Treasurer’s Department, she was in the Fiscal Affairs Department. She received a doctorate in economics from George Washington University. Mrs. Farhadian-Lorie has published in the areas of monetary economics, economic development, and centrally planned economies, and has also written about the issues of population and the social cost of education in industrial countries.

Alain Ize, a Mexican, is a Senior Economist in the Special Fiscal Studies Division of the Fund’s Fiscal Affairs Department. He received a doctorate in engineering economic systems from Stanford University. From 1977 to 1985 he was a Member of the Centro de Estudios Económicos of the Colegio de México, and worked simultaneously as an Advisor to the Dirección de Estudios Económicos of the Banco de Mexico. Mr. Ize has also been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics of the University of California, Davis, and a Visiting Scholar at the Food Research Institute, Stanford University. He has published in the areas of macroeconomic theory and policy, financial intermediation, and international finance.

Menachem Katz, an Israeli, is a Senior Economist in the Fiscal Review Division of the Fund’s Fiscal Affairs Department. He received a doctorate in economics from Columbia University and has taught at universities in the New York area. He has worked in Israel’s Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Israel. Mr. Katz has published in the areas of external debt, fiscal policy, and the impact of taxation on interest rates and capital flows, and has also written about social expenditures and trade policy.

Eliahu S. Kreis, an Israeli, is an Advisor in the Fund’s Western Hemisphere Department and currently is the Fund’s Resident Representative in Uruguay. He was previously Resident Representative in Bolivia (1972-73) and in Chile (1975-77), and was also in the Fiscal Affairs Department. He received a doctorate in economics from the University of Oklahoma, where he also taught. Mr. Kreis has published in the areas of budgetary policies and inflation. In recent years, he has done extensive work on Israel and Argentina.

Ahsan H. Mansur, a Bangladeshi, is a Senior Economist in the Special Fiscal Studies Division of the Fund’s Fiscal Affairs Department. He is a graduate of the University of Dhaka and the University of Western Ontario, and has published in the areas of applied general equilibrium, public finance, and macroeconomics.

Guillermo Ortiz, a Mexican, is Deputy Secretary of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico. He was an Executive Director of the Fund during 1986-88 and an Alternate Executive Director during 1984-86. He received a doctorate in economics from Stanford University and served as Manager of Economic Research at the Banco de México before joining the Fund. Mr. Ortiz has published in the areas of monetary and exchange rate policies, debt, and financial intermediation in Mexico and other Latin American countries.

David J. Robinson, a citizen of the United Kingdom, is an Economist in the Fund’s European Department. Before joining the European Department, he was in the Fiscal Affairs Department. He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he studied mathematics and economics. Mr. Robinson subsequently joined the U.K. Treasury, where he worked on social security issues and served in Washington, D.C. as an aide to the U.K. Executive Director of the Fund.

Nicola Rossi, an Italian, is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Venice. Previously, he was in the Fund’s Fiscal Affairs Department. He received a doctorate in economics from the London School of Economics and has worked at the Banca d’Italia and taught at LUISS University (Rome). Mr. Rossi has published in the areas of the theory and measurement of consumer behavior, applied welfare analysis, and macroeconomic modeling.

Vito Tanzi, a citizen of the United States, is Director of the Fund’s Fiscal Affairs Department. He received a doctorate in economics from Harvard University. A former professor of economics, he has also been a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and the Stanford Research Institute. Mr. Tanzi, who has had a continuing interest in fiscal policy issues in developed and developing countries, has published widely in the areas of public finance, monetary theory, and macroeconomics. In recent years, he has written about the underground economy, fiscal deficits, the determination of interest rates, and international economic policy coordination.

“This book is ‘must reading’ for anyone interested in fiscal policy questions. Its extenisive reporting of empirical evidence as well abstract theory is a major strength. Overall, this is a first-rate collection of essays, much stronger than most volumes of its kind.”

—Lawrence H. Summers

Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy

Harvard University

“… a very useful, solid and well written collection of studies.”

— Eytan Sheshinski

Sir Isaac Wolfson Professor of Public Finance

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“This is an impressive volume … with much useful and helpful analysis.”

—John Whalley

Professor of Economics

University of Western Ontario

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