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. 

His research interests include currencies, commodities, crises, international finance, monetary policy, fiscal policy, regional trade 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


  • API-119 Advanced Macroeconomics for the Open Economy II
  • BGP-620 International Macroeconomics

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For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "China Is Not Yet Number One." Frontiers of Economics in China 10.1 (March 2015): 1-6.
  • Book Chapters
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "International Coordination." Policy Challenges in a Diverging Global Economy. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, 2016.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "The Plaza Accord, 30 Years Later." Currency Policy Then and Now: 30th Anniversary of the Plaza Accord. Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2016.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Mauritius: African Success Story." African Successes. Ed. Edwards, Sebastian, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil. University of Chicago Press, 2016.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Causes of Eurozone Crises." The Eurozone Crisis: A Consensus View of the Causes and a Few Possible Remedies. Ed. Richard Baldwin and Francesco Giavazzi. Center for Economic Policy Research, 2015, 109-120.
  • Commentary
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Demonetization on Five Continents." Project Syndicate, December 22, 2016.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Reckoning With Inequality." Korea Herald, March 27, 2016.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Who is Right on U.S. Financial Reform? Sanders, Clinton, or the Republicans?" Straits Times, February 24, 2016.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "China's Slowdown and the Chinese Stock Market." VoxEU, January 27, 2016.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "International Macroeconomic Policy Coordination." VoxEU, December 9, 2015.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Congress Should Give TPP a Thumbs Up." Boston Globe, November 11, 2015.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Why Support TPP? Critics should read the agreement and keep an open mind." Guardian, October 11, 2015.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Misinterpreting Chinese Intervention in Financial Markets." China-US Focus, September 10, 2015.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Now is the Right Time to Reform Oil Pricing." Guardian, August 10, 2015.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Is Tsipras the New Kim Dae-jung?" Korea Herald, July 20, 2015.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "The Chimera of Currency Manipulation." Korea Herald, June 14, 2015.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "New and Improved Trade Agreements?" Project Syndicate, May 7, 2015.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Asia Games Are Not a Zero-Sum." Project Syndicate, April 23, 2015.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Will Fed Tightening Choke Emerging Markets?" Project Syndicate, March 23, 2015.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Chinese Currency Manipulation Not a Problem." East Asia Forum, March 9, 2015.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "The End of Republican Obstruction." Project Syndicate, January 19, 2015.
  • Edited Volumes
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A., Helene Rey, and Andrew Rose, eds. Journal of International Economics Special Issue - International Seminar on Macroeconomics. Elsevier, July 2015.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Globalization and Chinese Growth: Ends of Trends?" HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP16-029, July 2016.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A., and Jesse Schreger. "Bias in Official Fiscal Forecasts: Can Private Forecasts Help?" HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP16-021, May 2016.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Clinton Economics vs. Trump Economics." Candidate Clinton’s Chance (An OMFIF Report). October 28, 2016.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Liberalism." The Age of Reflection, 2 (10). January 2016, 3-6.
    • Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Congress, China, and Currency Manipulation." China-U.S. Focus. April 9, 2015.

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