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東京大学公共政策大学院 | GraSPP / Graduate School of Public Policy | The university of Tokyo

S1S2「Case Study (Macroeconomic Policy for Practitioners)」(5140399) April 9, 2021

Deadlines/Event Dates April 16, 2021

S2 「Case Study (Macroeconomic Policy for Practitioners)」(5140399)

You are invited to a virtual information session about Case Study (Macroeconomic Policy for Practitioners) by Jerry Schiff, Visiting Lecturer, and Prof. Toshiro Nishizawa.

Friday, April 16 | 8:30am-9:30am (Tokyo time)

Please register via the Google Form link below.

This course makes use of key macroeconomic concepts and international practice to analyze real world policy questions and country cases. The one-on-one mock job interview—modeled after job interviews at the IMF—will play the role of final exam.

We will develop a simple and flexible macroeconomic framework, based on the sort of analysis undertaken at the IMF. Using this framework, a number of issues will be examined, including: evaluating monetary and fiscal policies; identifying economic and financial vulnerabilities and proposing corrective policies; and designing economic programs for countries in or near crisis. Country case studies and current economic news and developments will also serve as a starting point for class discussions of key ideas. In particular, we will examine macroeconomic policy needs and lessons in the context of the COVID crisis.


Jerald Schiff |

Jerry Schiff retired from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2015, after 25 years there. At the IMF, he held a number of positions, most notably as Deputy Director of the Asia and Pacific Department and as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Managing Director. In the former, he helped develop IMF policy toward the Asia region and also served as the head of teams for Japan, Korea, India, Singapore, and Myanmar. In the latter position, he helped the IMF’s management oversee its overall agenda and management of the 2008-10 global finial crisis. As part of this effort, he took part in a number of international meetings, including the G-20 and G-7.

Since that time, he has been involved in education and training in a number of settings. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses at American University School of International Service and the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. These courses have included International Financial Relations, International Trade Relations, and Economic Crises and Rescues. He has also had a recurring visiting position at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy, where he has taught a course on Macroeconomic Policy for Practitioners, building on his experience at the IMF. He has also provided training in macroeconomic and financial policy-making to a wide range of public officials in Asian and Europe as a consultant to the IMF Institute.

Prior to joining the IMF, Mr. Schiff spent four years as Assistant Professor of Economics at Tulane University, and one year as a visiting scholar at The United States Treasury.

He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984 and his B.S. in Economics from Cornell University in 1979.

His current academic interests lie in preventing and mitigating economic crises, and the economies of Japan and Asia more broadly.