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Michael Woodford (economist)

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Nationality  United States
Books  Interest and prices
Role  Economist
Name  Michael Woodford
Institution  Columbia University

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Born  1955 (age 60–61)Chicopee, Massachusetts
School or tradition  New Keynesian economics
Alma mater  Yale University MIT University of Chicago
Education  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1983), University of Chicago, Yale University, Yale Law School
Awards  Deutsche Bank Prize in Financial Economics
Fields  Macroeconomics, Monetary policy
Similar People  Olivier Blanchard, John B Taylor, Ben Bernanke, Martin Feldstein

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Michael Dean Woodford (born 1955) is an American macroeconomist and monetary theorist who currently teaches at Columbia University.


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Academic career

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Woodford holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Yale, and completed his economics doctorate at MIT in 1983. He began his teaching career at Columbia, and then taught at Chicago and Princeton before returning to Columbia to accept the John Bates Clark chair in 2004. He was awarded the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, which financed his research from 1981 to 1986. In 2007, he was awarded the Deutsche Bank Prize.

Theoretical contributions

Woodford's early research topics included sunspot equilibria, and imperfect competition. Thereafter he began to work on macroeconomic models with sticky prices; together with Julio Rotemberg he developed one of the first microfounded New Keynesian macroeconomic models. Since then he has used this framework to study many topics related to monetary policy, including the fiscal theory of the price level, the effectiveness of monetary policy as consumers use more credit and less cash, and inflation targeting rules. Michael Woodford has especially praised Knut Wicksell's advocacy of using the interest rate to maintain price stability, noting that this was a remarkable insight at a time when most monetary policy was based on the gold standard (Woodford, 2003, p. 32). Woodford calls his own framework 'neo-Wicksellian', and he titled his textbook on monetary policy in homage to Wicksell's work.

Interest and Prices

Woodford is probably best known as the author of an advanced textbook on monetary macroeconomics entitled Interest and Prices: Foundations of a Theory of Monetary Policy. The book has, in the words of the Deutsche Bank Prize Committee, “quickly become the standard reference for monetary theory and analysis among academic economists and their colleagues at central banks.”


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