Richard N. Cooper

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Richard Newell Cooper (born June 14, 1934)[1] is an American economist, policy adviser, and academic.

Cooper graduated from Oberlin College in 1956 and received a master's degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Marshall Scholar in 1958. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1962.

Cooper was an assistant professor at Yale University from 1963 to 1966 and was Frank Altschul Professor of International Economics from 1966 to 1977. From 1972 to 1974 he served as provost.

Cooper served on the Council of Economic Advisers from 1961 to 1963 as the senior staff economist. Between 1965 and 1966, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Monetary Affairs in the United States Department of State, and between 1977 and 1981 he was the Under-Secretary of State for Economic Affairs.[2] Cooper was acting Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter for one day (May 3, 1980).

In 1981, Cooper became Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics at Harvard University.

From 1990 to 1992, Cooper was the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where he served until 1992. Between 1995 to 1997, he was the chairman of the National Intelligence Council.


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  2. ^ Paul, Sarah (2 December 1980). "Undersecretary of State Cooper To Occupy Joint CFIA Chair". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
Government offices
Preceded by
William D. Rogers
Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs
April 8, 1977 – January 19, 1981
Succeeded by
Myer Rashish