IMF role for NUI Galway professor

NUI Galway economics professor Alan Ahearne has been appointed as an advisor to the International Monetary Fund.

Professor Ahearne, head of economics at NUI Galway, will be an external advisor to the strategy, practice and review department, advising IMF senior management on how the fund could better support the efforts of countries at all levels of income to boost growth and create jobs in the period ahead.

Professor Ahearne says the priority of governments around the world is to revive growth.

“This is an important juncture for the IMF and the global economy. With the overhang of imbalances leaving little room for expansionary macroeconomic policies, the only remaining policy options are structural.”

Professor Ahearne joined the JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway in 2005. A member of the Commission (Board ) of the Central Bank of Ireland, Professor Ahearne served as special advisor to the Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan from March 2009 to March 2011.

Before joining NUI Galway, Alan Ahearne was senior economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC, where he worked for seven years.

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