Memorial Service for Michael Mussa


April 19, 2012, 12:00 AM EDT
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC

Event Summary

On April 19, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, with the support of the International Monetary Fund, held a memorial service to celebrate Michael Mussa's intellect, wisdom, wit, and courage. Mussa, one of the most talented international economists of his generation, passed away on January 15, 2012, at the age of 67. More than 20 of Mussa's friends and former colleagues spoke about their fondest memories of him and his many accomplishments.

Michael Mussa was a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics beginning in 2001 and was economic counselor and director of research at the International Monetary Fund from 1991–2001. By appointment of President Ronald Reagan, Mussa served as a member of the US Council of Economic Advisers from August 1986 to September 1988. He was a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago from 1976 to 1991, where he was the William Abbott Professor of International Business. Prior to that, Mussa was on the faculty of the department of economics at the University of Rochester from 1971 to 1976. He also was a visiting faculty member at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, the London School of Economics, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


Welcoming Remarks
C. Fred Bergsten (Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics)
Olivier Blanchard (Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund)

The Early Years through Graduate School at University of Chicago
Ron Hansen (Rochester)
Rachel McCulloch (Brandeis)
Robert Fogel (Chicago)

Teaching at University of Rochester and Graduate Institute, Geneva
Ronald Jones (Rochester)
Alexandre Swoboda (Graduate Institute, Geneva)

Teaching at University of Chicago
Jacob Frenkel (JP Morgan Chase)
John Huizinga (Chicago)
Randall Kroszner (Chicago)

PhD Students of Michael Mussa
Agustin Carstens (Governor, Banco de Mexico)
Robert Flood (Notre Dame)
Karen Lewis (University of Pennsylvania)

Serving at the US Council of Economic Advisors (CEA)
Rich Clarida (Pimco)
Arlene Holen (former CEA)

As Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund
Graham Hacche (former International Monetary Fund)
Taka Ito (University of Tokyo)
Mohsin Khan (Peterson Institute for International Economics)
Ratna Sahay (International Monetary Fund)

As Senior Fellow at Peterson Institute
Edwin M. Truman (Peterson Institute for International Economics)
Morris Goldstein (Peterson Institute for International Economics)

Closing Remarks
C. Fred Bergsten (Peterson Institute for International Economics)