Willem Buiter at the LSE, 1984
26 September 1949 |
The Hague, the Netherlands
|Institution||Citigroup, London, United Kingdom
Bank of England
London School of Economics
|Field||Economics, Finance, Political Economy|
Willem Hendrik Buiter (born September 26, 1949, in The Hague, Netherlands) is a Dutch-born American economist, also of British nationality, who is chief economist at Citigroup. He has served as chief economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, external member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, and as an advisor and consultant for a number of national governments and private financial enterprises. He has held academic appointments at universities in the USA, the European Union.
After studying Political and Social Science for one year at the University of Amsterdam, in 1967-68, Buiter went to the University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College, to study Economics and received his B.A. with First-Class Honours in 1971.
In 1975-6 and 1977-9, Buiter was an Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University in the United States. In 1976-7 he was Lecturer in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1980 until 1982, he was Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol.
On 1 April 1982, Willem Buiter was appointed Cassel Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics with special reference to money and banking. He left LSE in 1985 to teach Economics at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, from 1985 until 1994.
Buiter left the United States in 1994 when he was appointed as Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and professor of International Macroeconomics at the University of Cambridge, positions he held until May 2000. In June 2000, he became Chief Economist and Special Advisor to the President at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, a position he held until August 2005. From September 2005 till May 2009, Buiter was professor of European Political Economy at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science. From June 2009 till August 2011, he was professor of Political Economy at the Centre for Economic Performance, of the LSE.
Bank of England 
Other activities 
He is a contributor to the Financial Times, where until December 2009 he wrote a blog entitled "Maverecon". In April 2008, he wrote a paper about the situation of Icelandic banks for Landsbanki, together with his wife Anne Sibert. In mid July 2008, an updated version was presented to the government of Iceland. The Icelandic interlocutors considered the paper to be too market-sensitive and it was agreed to keep it confidential. Born in The Netherlands, he is a national of the US and the UK. In January 2010, Buiter joined Citigroup as Chief Economist, replacing Lewis Alexander who vacated the position to work with the United States Treasury eight months prior. In an April 2009 blog post, Buiter described Citigroup as "a conglomeration of worst practice from across the financial spectrum"
Personal life 
In 1973 Buiter was married to Jean Archer. The marriage was dissolved in 1997. They had two children, David Michael Alejandro, born 22 February 1991 in Callao, Peru and Elizabeth Lorca, born 6 August 1993 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Buiter, since 5 June 1998 is married to Anne Sibert, professor of Economics at Birkbeck, University of London who was also an External Member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Iceland from 2009 till 2012. Ms Sibert, on account of her criticism on the banking system and European finances, has been called "a commentator who cannot easily be ignored"
- Biographical information, Willem Buiter homepage (accessed 16 April 2012)
- Professor Willem H Buiter biography, London School of Economics website
- W. Buiter, All in the family, 8 March 2009
- W. Buiter, A. Sibert, The Icelandic banking crisis and what to do about it, CEPR Policy Insight No. 26, 
- personal page Willem Buiter's webpage
- Craig Stirling and Bradley Keoun (30 November 2009). "Willem Buiter Will Join Citigroup as Chief Economist". bloomberg. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
- "Oud-burgemeester Groningen Harm Buiter overleden" ("Former mayor of Groningen, Harm Buiter, deceased"), Elsevier website, 23 February 2011 (in Dutch)
- "The damaged ECB legitimacy" by Anne Sibert, Vox portal for the Centre for Economic Policy Research, 15 September 2011
- "Anne Sibert, Naked Capitalism website, 15 September 2011
|The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee|
|Governor: Sir Edward George (June 1997–June 2003)|
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|September 1997-November 1997:||George | King | Buiter | Goodhart | Plenderleith | Clementi | Julius|
|December 1997-May 1998:||George | King | Buiter | Goodhart | Plenderleith | Clementi | Julius | Budd|
|June 1998-May 1999:||George | King | Buiter | Goodhart | Plenderleith | Clementi | Julius | Budd | Vickers|
|June 1999-May 2000:||George | King | Buiter | Goodhart | Plenderleith | Clementi | Julius | Vickers | Wadhwani|