An Historical Perspective
Copyright: Jane Scherr Christina Romer was born in 1958 in Alton, Illinois. She obtained her BA degree from the College of William and Mary in 1981 and her PhD from the Massachussets Institute of Technology in 1985. Before moving to the University of California at Berkeley, Christina Romer was Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University from 1985 to 1988. Her current position at Berkeley is the Class of 1957 Professor of Economics. Professor Romer is a leading macroeconomist and economic historian, and is best known for her research on the Great Depression, re-estimating pre-war GNP and unemployment data, business cycle analysis and measuring the impact of monetary policy. Among the numerous articles she has written her best known include: ‘Spurious volatility in historical unemployment data’, Journal of Political Economy (February, 1986); ‘Is the stabilization of the postwar economy a figment of the data?’, American Economic Review (June, 1986); ‘The prewar business cycle reconsidered: New estimates of gross national product, 1869–1908’, Journal of Political Economy (February, 1989); ‘Does monetary policy matter? A new test in the spirit of Friedman and Schwartz’ (co-authored with David Romer), NBER Macroeconomics Annual (1989); ‘The Great Crash and the onset of the Great Depression’, Quarterly Journal of Economics (August, 1990); ‘What ended the Great Depression?’, Journal of Economic History (December, 1992); ‘The nation in depression’, Journal of Economic Perspectives (Spring, 1993); ‘What ends recessions?’ 367 368 Interviews (co-authored with David Romer), NBER Macroeconomics Annual (1994); ‘Why did prices...
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