Sad to hear about the death of Michael Mussa, the IMF’s witty and trenchant former chief economist for nearly a decade, who resigned in 2001. He was 67.
Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF, made the following statement.
The Wall Street Journal says the former Chicago University professor did not shy away from controversy. The Washington Post said he helped shape the IMF’s responses to financial crises in the 1990s. Later, as a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute, Mussa was well known for his semiannual forecasts of global economic growth, conveyed with tough assessments, clarity of expression, and biting wit. Paul Krugman said his most influential work was on currency regimes.
The IMF’s Research Department organized a conference in his honor called “MussaFest” to mark his 60th birthday in 2004.