Kocherlakota CV


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Ph.D. (Economics), The University of Chicago, 1987.

A.B. (Mathematics), Princeton University, 1983.


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2016- : Lionel W. McKenzie Professor of Economics, University of Rochester.

2016-: Bloomberg Opinion contributor.


2009-2015: President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

2005-2010: Professor, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota

2006-2008: Chairperson, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota

2002-2005: Professor, Stanford University

2001-2002: Carlson Professor of Economics, University of Minnesota.

1998-2002: Professor, University of Minnesota.

1996-1998: Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

1993-1995: Associate Professor (with tenure), The University of Iowa.

1990-1993: Assistant Professor, The University of Iowa.

1987-1990: Assistant Professor, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University


· Economic Theory Fellow, Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory, 2011.

· President, Midwest Economics Association, 2011-2012.

· Fellow, Econometric Society, 2005.

· Research Associate, NBER, 2003-present.

· National Science Foundation SES-0606695, 2005-2008.

· National Science Foundation SES-0350833, 2004-2005.

· National Science Foundation SES-0076315, 2000-2004.

· National Science Foundation SES 92-23257, 1993-1995 (joint with B. F. Ingram and N.E. Savin)


· Keynote Address, Wharton Conference on Liquidity and Financial Fragility, Philadelphia, PA, 2018.

· Keynote Address, Ukrainian Financial Forum, Odessa, Ukraine, 2018.

· Keynote Address, Asia Economic Policy Conference, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, 2017.

· Keynote Address, ADBI Annual Conference, Tokyo, Japan, 2016.

· Steine Lecture, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2016.

· Keynote Address, Duke-UNC Asset Pricing Conference, Durham, NC, 2016.

· Presidential Address, Midwest Economics Association, Evanston, IL, 2012.

· Plenary Lecture, Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association Meetings, 2008.

· Plenary Lecture, North American Summer Meetings of the Econometric Society, 2008.

· 6th Toulouse Lectures in Economics, Toulouse School of Economics, 2008.

· State-of-the-Art Lecture, Canadian Economics Association Meetings, 2006.

· Economic Journal Lecture, Royal Economic Society Meetings, 2006.

· Invited Lecture, World Congress of the Econometric Society, 2005.

· Plenary Speaker, Society for Economic Dynamics, July 2004.


· The New Dynamic Public Finance, 2010, Princeton University Press


Public Goods with Ambiguity in Large Economies, joint with Song, 2018.

Practical Policy Evaluation, 2018


Bounds on Price Setting, 2018.

Formerly: The L-Shaped Phillips Curve: Theoretical Justification and Empirical Implications, NBER WP 24086, 2017.


The ZLB and Privacy, 2018


Fragility of Purely Real Macroeconomic Models, 2016 (NBER WP 21866).


Sticky Inflation Expectations: A Markov Chain Analysis, 2016 (NBER WP 22009)

Market-Based Probabilities: A Tool for Policymakers, 2016, joint with Feldman, Heinecke, Schulhofer-Wohl and Tallarini.


For all co-authored articles, the ordering of authors’ names is alphabetical.

1. “The Future of the Zero Lower Bound Problem,” Journal of International Money and Finance (2018).

2. "The Decentralized Central Bank: A Review Essay on The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve," Journal of Economic Literature (2017), 621-636.

3. "Rules versus Discretion: A Reconsideration," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Fall 2016, 1-36.

4. "Comment on 'Forward Guidance and Macroeconomic Outcomes since the Crisis,' by Campbell, et. al.", NBER Macro Annual (2016), 358-363.

5. "Comment on ‘Quantifying the Lasting Harm of the Financial Crisis to the US Economy,’ by Robert Hall" NBER Macro Annual (2014), 146-152.

6. "Internal Debt Crises and Sovereign Default," Journal of Monetary Economics 68 (2014), S68-S80, joint with C. Arellano.

7. "Two Models of Land Overvaluation and Their Implications," in The Origins, History, and Future of the Federal Reserve, ed. M. Bordo and W. Roberds, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

8. "Central Bank Independence and Sovereign Default," in Banque de France Financial Stability Review 16 (2012).

9. "Modern Macroeconomic Models as Tools for Policy," 2009 Annual Report, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (2010).

10. "Nonseparable Preferences and Optimal Social Security Systems," Journal of Economic Theory 145 (2010), 2055-2077, joint with B. Grochulski.

11. "On the Robustness of Laissez-Faire," Journal of Economic Theory 144 (2009), 2372-2387, joint with C. Phelan.

12. "Asset Pricing Implications of Pareto Optimality with Private Information," Journal of Political Economy 117 (2009), 555-590, joint with L. Pistaferri.

13. "Inequality and Real Exchange Rates," Journal of European Economic Association 6 (2008), 597-608, joint with L. Pistaferri.

14. "Monetary and Fiscal Policy: An Overview," 2nd Edition of New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2008.

15. "Injecting Rational Bubbles," Journal of Economic Theory 142 (2008), 218-232.

16. "Model Fit and Model Selection," July-August 2007, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, 349-360.

17. "Forbearance and Prompt Corrective Action," Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking 39 (2007), 1107-29, joint with I. Shim.

18. "Household Heterogeneity and Real Exchange Rates," Economic Journal 117 (2007), C1-C25, joint with L. Pistaferri (2006 Economic Journal Lecture).

19. "Advances in Dynamic Optimal Taxation," Advances in Economics and Econometrics: Theory and Applications, Ninth World Congress, Volume I, 269-299, 2006.

20. "Finite Memory and Imperfect Monitoring," Games and Economic Behavior 53 (2005), 59-72, joint with H. Cole.

21. "Zero Expected Wealth Taxes: A Mirrlees Approach to Dynamic Optimal Taxation," Econometrica 73 (2005), 1587-1621.

22. "Optimal Monetary Policy: What We Know and What We Don’t Know," International Economic Review 46 (2005), 715-729 (reprinted in Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Quarterly Review 29 (2005), 10-19).

23. "Wedges and Taxes," American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 2004, 109-113.

24. "Figuring Out the Impact of Hidden Savings on Optimal Unemployment Insurance," Review of Economic Dynamics 7 (2004), 541-554.

25. "On the Irrelevance of Government Debt When Taxes are Distortionary," Journal of Monetary Economics 51 (2004), 299-304, joint with M. Bassetto.

26. "Optimal Indirect and Capital Taxation," Review of Economic Studies 70 (2003), 569-87, joint with M. Golosov and A. Tsyvinski.

27. "Societal Benefits of Illiquid Bonds," Journal of Economic Theory 108 (2003), 179-193.

28. "The Two-Money Theorem," International Economic Review 43 (2002), 333-46.

29. "Money: What’s the Question and Why Should We Care About the Answer?" American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings (2002), 58-61.

30. "Dynamic Games with Hidden Actions and Hidden States," Journal of Economic Theory 98 (2001), 114-26, joint with H. Cole.

31. "Risky Collateral and Deposit Insurance," Advances in Macroeconomics 1 (2001), Article 2.

32. "Looking for Evidence of Time-Inconsistent Preferences in Asset Market Data," Summer 2001, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Quarterly Review, 13-24.

33. "Efficient Allocations with Hidden Income and Hidden Storage," Review of Economic Studies 68 (2001), 523-42, joint with H. Cole.

34. "Creating Business Cycles Through Credit Constraints," Summer 2000, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Quarterly Review, 2-10.

35. "A Signaling Model of Multiple Monies," Review of Economic Dynamics 2 (1999), 231-44, joint with T. Krueger.

36. "Explaining the Fiscal Theory of the Price Level," Fall 1999, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Quarterly Review, 14-23, joint with C. Phelan.

37. "The Technological Role of Fiat Money," Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Quarterly Review, Summer 1998, 2-10 (based on "Money is Memory").

38. "Zero Nominal Interest Rates: Why They're Good and How to Get Them," Spring 1998, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Quarterly Review, Spring 1998, 2-10, joint with H. Cole.

39. "Money is Memory," Journal of Economic Theory 81 (1998), 232-251.

40. "Incomplete Record-Keeping and Optimal Payment Arrangements," Journal of Economic Theory 81 (1998), 272-289, joint with N. Wallace.

41. "The Effects of Moral Hazard on Asset Prices when Financial Markets are Complete," Journal of Monetary Economics 41 (1998), 39-56.

42. "Using Theory for Measurement: Measuring the Cyclical Behavior of Home Production," Journal of Monetary Economics 40 (1997), 435-456, joint with B. F. Ingram and N. E. Savin.

43. "Testing the Consumption CAPM with Heavy-Tailed Pricing Errors," Macroeconomic Dynamics 1 (1997), 551-567.

44. "Is there Endogenous Long Run Growth? Evidence from the United States and the United Kingdom," Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking 29 (1997), 235-262, joint with K. Yi.

45. "Implications of Efficient Risk Sharing without Commitment," Review of Economic Studies 63 (1996), 595-610.

46. "Why Should Older People Invest Less in Stocks than Younger People?", Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Quarterly Review, Summer 1996, 11-23, joint with R. Jagannathan.

47. "Reconsideration-Proofness: A Refinement for Infinite Horizon Time Inconsistency," Games and Economic Behavior 15 (1996), 33-54.

48. "Consumption, Commitment and Cycles," Journal of Monetary Economics 37 (1996), 461-474.

49. "The Equity Premium: It's Still A Puzzle," Journal of Economic Literature 34 (1996), 42-71.

50. "A Simple Time Series Test of Endogenous vs. Exogenous Growth Models: An Application to the United States," Review of Economics and Statistics 78 (1996), 126-134, joint with K. Yi.

51. "Can Convergence Regressions Distinguish Between Exogenous and Endogenous Growth Models?" Economic Letters 49 (1995), 211-216, joint with K. Yi.

52. "Explaining Business Cycles: A Multiple Shock Approach," Journal of Monetary Economics 34 (1994), 415-428, joint with B. F. Ingram and N. E. Savin.

53. "Bubbles and Constraints on Debt Accumulation," Journal of Economic Theory 57 (1992), 245-56.

54. "The Variability of Velocity in Cash-in-Advance Models," Journal of Political Economy 99 (1991), 358-384, joint with R. Hodrick and D. Lucas.

55. "On Tests of Representative Consumer Asset Pricing Models," Journal of Monetary Economics 26 (1990), 285-304.

56. "Disentangling the Coefficient of Relative Risk Aversion from the Elasticity of Intertemporal Substitution: An Irrelevance Result," The Journal of Finance 55 (1990), 175-190 (nominated for best paper in journal, 1990).

57. "On the 'Discount' Factor in Growth Economies," Journal of Monetary Economics 25 (1990), 43-47.


· International Monetary Fund Research Department Seminar (October 2018)

· University of Maryland Macro Seminar (October 2018)

· Keynote Talk, Wharton Conference on Liquidity and Financial Fragility (October 2018)

· Barcelona Graduate School of Economics Trobada (October 2018)

· CREI (Barcelona) Macro Seminar (October 2018)

· Ukrainian Financial Forum (September 2018)

· National Bureau of Economic Research Summer Institute (July 2018)

· Texas Monetary Conference (May 2018)

· Yale Annual Conference on GE Theory (April 2018)

· Carnegie-Rochester-NYU Public Policy Conference (April 2018)

· FRB-SF Research Conference (March 2018)

· Northwestern Macro Seminar (November 2017)

· FRB-San Francisco AEPC Keynote Address (November 2017)

· UC-Booth Macro Seminar (October 2017)

· UCL Seminar (October 2017)

· LSE Macro Seminar (October 2017)

· ECB Research Department (October 2017)

· Cornell University Macro Seminar (September 2017)


I was/am the primary advisor for the following students.

· Rochester: Eunmi (Emma) Ko

· Stanford: Ilhyock Shim, Winnie Choi

· Minnesota: Miguel Cardoso-Lecourtois, Guilherme Carmona, Kenichi Fukushima, Ioanna Grypari, Nick Guo, Katya Kartashova, Cyril Monnet, Daniel Samano, Adam Slawski, Aleh Tsyvinski, Hakki Yazici, Pinar Yesin, Rui Zhao

· Iowa: Kenneth Beauchemin, Young-sik Kim, Ayhan Kose, Jiang Li



· Nomination Committee, Econometric Society, 2006.

· Committee on Honors and Awards, American Economic Association, 2006-2009.


· Carnegie-Rochester-NYU Policy Conference Advisory Board, 2016-

· Program Committee member, North American Summer Meetings of the Econometric Society, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007.

· Conference Co-Organizer, Conference in Honor of Neil Wallace, State College, PA, March 2006.

· Program Committee member, World Congress of the Econometric Society, August 2005.

· Conference Co-Organizer, Models of Monetary Economies II: The Next Generation, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, May 2004.

· Program Committee member, North American Winter Meetings of the Econometric Society, 2004.

· Program Committee member, American Economic Association meetings, January 2004.

· Co-organizer, Society for Economic Dynamics conference, June 2002

· Co-organizer, Minnesota Workshop in Macroeconomic Theory, August 2000

Editorial Service and Refereeing

· Guest Editor, Journal of Monetary Economics, January 2018 volume.

· Editor, Theoretical Economics, 2009..

· Foreign Editor, Review of Economic Studies, 2005-2009.

· Coordinating Editor, Review of Economic Dynamics, 2005-2008.

· Associate Editor, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2005-2006.

· Guest Editor, International Economic Review, May 2005.

· Economics Panel Member, National Science Foundation, April 2004.

· Editor, Review of Economic Dynamics, 2003-2005, 2009.

· Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Theory, 2002-2005.

· Associate Editor, Review of Economic Dynamics, 2002-2003.

· Reviewer for Research Proposals, Economics Program, National Science Foundation

· Referee for American Economic Review, Canadian Journal of Economics, Econometrica, Economica, Economic Journal, Economic Theory, The International Economic Review, The Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, The Journal of Business, The Journal of Econometrics, The Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, The Journal of Economic Theory, The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Research, The Journal of International Economics, The Journal of Macroeconomics, The Journal of Monetary Economics, The Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, The Journal of Political Economy, Management Science, Journal of Public Economics, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Dynamics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Review of Economic Studies, Review of Financial Studies