Menzie Chinn

Credentials: Professor


Phone: 608-262-7397

7418 Sewell Social Sciences Building
1180 Observatory Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

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Menzie Chinn is Professor of public affairs and economics. His research examines macroeconomic developments within — and interactions between — countries.

Professor Chinn is coauthor with Jeffry Frieden of Lost Decades: The Making of America’s Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery (W.W. Norton, 2011). He is a Research Associate in the International Finance and Macroeconomics Program of the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2015, Professor Chinn received the Leon D. Epstein Distinguished Faculty Research Award from the UW-Madison College of Letters & Science.

Professor Chinn has been a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund, the Congressional Budget Office, the Federal Reserve Board, the European Central Bank and the Banque de France. He is coeditor of the Journal of International Money and Finance, and an associate editor of the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. His work has been cited in The Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Business Week, and he has been interviewed on Bloomberg, Reuters, Marketplace, NPR, and Wisconsin Public Radio. In 2000 and 2001, he served as Senior Staff Economist for International Finance on the Council of Economic Advisers.

Professor Chinn is co-author of Econbrowser, a weblog devoted to current macroeconomic issues, and a contributor to EconoFact. Prior to his appointment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003, Professor Chinn taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Economics
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, Economics
  • A.B., Harvard University, Economics
  • International Baccalaureate, Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific


Public affairs courses taught by Menzie Chinn:

PA 200 Contemporary Public Policy Issues

PA 819 Advanced Statistical Methods for Public Policy Analysis

PA 854 Macroeconomic Policy and International Financial Regulation

PA 856 Trade, Competition, and Governance in a Global Economy

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Working papers and other publications

A Requiem for “Blame It on Beijing” Interpreting Rotating Global Current Account Surpluses

A Third of a Century of Currency Expectations Data: The Carry Trade and the Risk Premium

Purchasing Power Parity and Real Exchange Rates

The Impact of Minimum Wage Legislation in Minnesota vs. Wisconsin: Contra Williams

Tracking the State Economies at High Frequency: A Primer

Financial Spillovers and Macroprudential Policies

The Once and Future Global Imbalances? Interpreting the Post-Crisis Record

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