Jeffrey A. Frankel

James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth
Harvard Kennedy School
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Jeffrey Frankel


Jeffrey A. Frankel is James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth. He directs the Program in International Finance and Macroeconomics at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is also on the Business Cycle Dating Committee, which officially declares recessions. He served at the Council of Economic Advisers in 1983-84 and 1996-99;as CEA Member in the Clinton Administration, Frankel's responsibilities included international economics, macroeconomics, and the environment. Before coming to Harvard in 1999, he was Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He currently serves on the Monetary Policy Committee of Mauritius and on advisory panels for the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Boston.

His research interests include international finance, commodities, currencies, crises, monetary policy, fiscal policy, regional blocs, and international environmental issues. Born in San Francisco, he graduated from Swarthmore College, and received his economics PhD from MIT.




  • API-120 Advanced Macroeconomics for the Open Economy I


  • ITF-220 The Economics of International Financial Policy

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Selected Publication Citations:

  • Book Chapters
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A., and Andrew Rose. "Is Trade Good or Bad for the Environment? Sorting Out the Causality." Recent Developments In Trade And The Environment. Ed. Brian R. Copeland. Edward Elgar, 2014.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A., and Andrew Rose. "An Estimate of the Effect of Common Currencies on Trade and Income." Recent Developments In Exchange Rate Economics. Ed. Mark P. Taylor and Meher Manzur. Edward Elgar, 2013.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "A Lesson From the South for Fiscal Policy in the US and Other Advanced Countries." Learning from the World: New Ideas to Redevelop America. Ed. Joe Colombano and Aniket Shah. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 26-50.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A., and David Romer. "Does Trade Cause Growth?" The Economics Of Free Trade. Ed. Gary C. Hufbauer and Kati Suominen. Edward Elgar, 2012.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Globalization and the Environment." Economics of the Environment. Ed. Robert N. Stavins. W. W. Norton, 2012.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Nominal GDP Targeting for Middle-Income Countries." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-033, July 2014.

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