A citizen of France, Olivier Blanchard has spent his professional life in Cambridge, United Stated. After obtaining his Ph.D in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977, he taught at Harvard University, returning to MIT in 1982, where he has been since then. He is currently the Class of 1941 Professor of Economics and past Chair of the Economics Department.
Mr. Blanchard is a macroeconomist who has worked on a wide set of issues, from the role of monetary policy and the nature of speculative bubbles to the nature of the labor market and the determinants of unemployment and transition in former communist countries.
In the process, he has worked with numerous countries and international organizations. He is the author of many books and articles, including two textbooks in macroeconomics, one at the graduate level with Stanley Fischer, one at the undergraduate level.
He is a fellow and Council member of the Econometric Society, a past vice president of the American Economic Association, a member of the American Academy of Sciences and a member of the French Economic Advisory Council to the French Prime Minister.