Michael Kumhof

Senior Research Advisor - Research Hub


Michael Kumhof is Senior Research Advisor in the Research Hub. He is responsible for co-leading this new unit, and for helping to formulate and carry out key parts of its research agenda. His previous position was Deputy Division Chief, Economic Modelling Division, IMF, where his responsibilities included the development of the IMF’s global DSGE simulation model. His main research interests are the quantitative evaluation of monetary reform proposals, modelling the role of banks in the macro-economy, the role of economic inequality in causing imbalances and crises, and the macroeconomic effects of fossil fuel depletion. Michael taught economics at Stanford University from 1998 to 2004. He worked in corporate banking for Barclays Bank from 1988 to 1993. His work has been published by AER, JME, AEJ Macro, JIE, JEDC, JMCB, EER, and Journal of Macroeconomics, among others. 

Michael's selected academic publications

Risky Bank Lending and Countercyclical Capital Buffers, with J Benes, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (2015)
Inequality, Leverage and Crises, with R Ranciere, American Economic Review (2015)
The Future of Oil: Geology versus Technology, with J Benes et al, International Journal of Forecasting (2015)
Trade Openness and Exchange Rate Regimes, with O Kamenik, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking (2014)
To Starve or not to Starve the Beast?, with D Leigh and D Laxton, Journal of Macroeconomics (2014)
Fiscal Deficits and Current Account Deficits, with D Laxton, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (2013)
Oil and the World Economy: Some Possible Futures, with D Muir, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A (2012)
Effects of Fiscal Stimulus in Structural Models, with Coenen et al, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics (2012)