Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management and Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management
KRISTIN J. FORBES is the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management and Global Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. She has regularly rotated between academia and senior policy positions. From 2014 to 2017 she was an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee for the Bank of England. From 2003 to 2005, Forbes served as a member of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, and from 2001 to 2002 she was a deputy assistant secretary in the United States Treasury Department. She also was a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers for the State of Massachusetts from 2009 to 2014. Forbes’ academic research addresses policy-related questions in international macroeconomics, with recent work including topics such as: financial crises, contagion, exchange rate pass-through, capital flows, macroprudential regulation, current account imbalances, capital controls, and inflation dynamics. She was honored as one of the top 25 economists under the age of 45 who are “shaping how we think about the global economy” and previously named a “Young Global Leader” as part of the World Economic Forum at Davos. Forbes is currently a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a member of the Bellagio Group and Council on Foreign Relations, and on the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She has won numerous teaching awards and teaches one of the most popular classes at MIT’s Sloan School. Before joining MIT, Forbes worked at the World Bank and Morgan Stanley. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT and graduated summa cum laude with highest honors from Williams College.