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【Repost】S2 「Case Study (Macroeconomic Policy for Practitioners)」(5140399) April 13, 2021

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

This is a reminder of a virtual information session about Case Study (Macroeconomic Policy for Practitioners) by Jerry Schiff, Visiting Lecturer, and Prof. Toshiro Nishizawa.

In response to inquiries from some students, please find below several special features that GraSPP students may find attractive.

First, it moves beyond economic theory to help students understand how macroeconomic policies are developed and implemented in the real world.

Second, it offers an invaluable opportunity to gain skills that would be useful in working in national or international economic institutions. In particular, students will draft policy memos of the sort written at many such institutions, and will participate in a one-on-one mock interview, modeled after job interviews at the IMF.

There is no specific prerequisite for this course, but exposure to basic undergraduate macroeconomics would be helpful. The course can also serve as a complement to more advanced macroeconomics courses for those with a deeper background in the field.


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.


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.