Current Chairholder


George Alogoskoufis

George Alogoskoufis is the Constantine Karamanlis Chair of Hellenic and European Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University since September 2016.

He is on leave from the Athens University of Economics and Business, where he has been Professor of Economics since 1990.

He is also a Research Associate of the Hellenic Observatory of the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Fellow of the European Economic Association (EEA).

From September 1996 until October 2009 he was an elected member of the Hellenic Parliament and from March 2004 until January 2009 he served as Greece’s Minister of Economy and Finance.

Between 1994 and 1998 he was an elected member of the Council of the European Economic Association.

From 1984 to 1992 he served as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and Reader (Associate Professor) at the University of London (Birkbeck College).

In addition to his political and academic posts, he has served as a consultant to a number of international institutions, including the European Commission and the World Bank. He has also been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Labour Economics of the London School of Economics (1981-82) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) (1985-1999). During 1992-1993 he served as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors of Greece.

Alogoskoufis holds a BSc (1977) in Economics from the University of Athens, and an MSc (1978) and a PhD (1981) in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

For his 1981 PhD thesis, supervised by George Akerlof, Steve Nickell and Chris Pissarides, he was awarded the Sayers Prize of the University of London for distinguished doctoral dissertations in monetary economics.

His research focuses on international macroeconomics, and more particularly on inflation and unemployment, economic growth, exchange rate regimes and monetary and fiscal policy.

He has published five books and over 40 papers in academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Economic Journal, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Economica, Economic Policy and others.

His book (with Sophia Lazaretou), “The Drachma: From the Phoenix to the Euro”, a monetary and economic history of Greece since the 19th century, was awarded the 2003 Prize of the Academy of Athens.

Alogoskoufis was born in Athens in 1955. He is married with three children.

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