George Alogoskoufis

Professor of Economics and sometime politician

George Alogoskoufis is the Constantine Karamanlis Professor of Hellenic and European Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

He is also Professor of Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business since 1990 (currently on leave), and a Research Associate of the Hellenic Observatory at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

From September 1996 till October 2009 he was a member of the Hellenic Parliament and from March 2004 till January 2009 he served as Greece’s Minister of Economy and Finance.

He was an elected member of the Council of the European Economic Association (1994-1998) and is currently a Fellow of the European Economic Association.

From 1984 to 1992 he served as Lecturer and Reader at the University of London (Birkbeck College).

Alogoskoufis holds an MSc (1978) and a PhD (1981) in Economics from the London School of Economics.

For his PhD thesis, supervised by George Akerlof, Steve Nickell and Chris Pissarides, he was awarded the Sayers Prize of the University of London for distinguished doctoral dissertations in monetary economics.

He has published five books and over 40 papers in academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Economic Journal, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Economica, Economic Policy and others.

His research focuses on international macroeconomics, and more particularly on inflation and unemployment, economic growth, exchange rate regimes and monetary and fiscal policy.

His book “The Drachma: From the Phoenix to the Euro”, a monetary and economic history of Greece since the 19th century, was awarded the 2003 Prize of the Academy of Athens.

In addition to his political and academic posts, he has served as a consultant to a number of international institutions, including the European Commission and the World Bank. He was also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Labour Economics of the London School of Economics and the London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research. During 1992-1993 he served as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors of Greece.

Alogoskoufis was born in Athens in 1955. He is married with three children.

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