Michael Woodford is the John Bates Clark Professor of Political Economy at Columbia University. His first academic appointment was at Columbia in 1984, after which he held positions at the University of Chicago and Princeton University, before returning to Columbia in 2004. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago, his J.D. from Yale Law School, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a MacArthur Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge, Mass.), and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London). Woodford’s primary research interests are in macroeconomic theory and monetary policy. He has written extensively about the microeconomic foundations of the monetary transmission mechanism, the role of interest rates in inflation determination, consequences of imperfect information for macroeconomic adjustment, rules for the conduct of monetary policy, central-bank communication policy, and interactions between monetary and fiscal policy. His most important work is the treatise Interest and Prices: Foundations of a Theory of Monetary Policy, recipient of the 2003 Association of American Publishers Award for Best Professional Scholarly Book in Economics. He is also co-author or co-editor of several other volumes, including a three-volume Handbook of Macroeconomics (with John B. Taylor), a forthcoming two-volume Handbook of Monetary Economics (with Benjamin M. Friedman), and The Inflation Targeting Debate (with Ben S. Bernanke). Among other editorial duties, he is a co-editor of the NBER Macroeconomics Annual, on the editorial boards of the Annual Review of Economics and American Economic Journal – Macroeconomics, and a member of the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity. He serves on the Economic Advisory Panel for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and frequently lectures at and consults for other central banks and policy institutions as well.
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