June 8, 1942|
Krefeld, Rhine Province, Germany
|Died||July 25, 2002
Washington, D.C., U.S.
University of Chicago 1974–75
University of Rochester 1972–74
|Alma mater||University of Chicago Ph.D.
University of Geneva B.A.
|Doctoral advisor||Robert Mundell|
|Doctoral students||Jeffrey Frankel
|Known for||Overshooting Model|
Dornbusch was born in Krefeld in present-day North Rhine-Westphalia. After completing his secondary education at the Gymnasium am Moltkeplatz in Krefeld, he went to study abroad. He received his Licence en Sciences Politiques from the University of Geneva in 1966, where he also stayed on for a year as an assistant in Economics in the Graduate Institute of International Studies, and subsequently moved to the United States, where he obtained his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He also briefly worked as a lecturer in the Graduate School of Business of that university. For two years he stayed at the University of Rochester as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics, followed by a year as associate professor of International Economics, again in the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago. In 1975 he moved to MIT, where he was appointed as associate professor in the Department of Economics. In 1984 he became professor of economics. He stayed in MIT until his death in 2002.
Throughout his career his main focus was on international economics, especially monetary policy, macroeconomic development, growth and international trade. According to some of his students and associates his talent was to extract the heart of a problem and make it understandable in simple terms. For example, he explained fluctuations in prices and exchange rates with great clarity (notably with his Overshooting Model). He succeeded in making a more realistic model than Mundell-Fleming model with regard to a small open economic system, considering exchange rate expectations. He worked also for the International Monetary Fund, making controversial contributions to the development of stabilisation policies, especially for Latin American countries. For more than 15 years he served as an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics.
Together with Stanley Fischer he also wrote widely used undergraduate textbooks.
He died, aged sixty, from cancer.
- Macroeconomics, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1990 (with S. Fischer) 5th ed.
- International Economic Policy: Theory and Evidence, Johns Hopkins University Press, (edited with J. A. Frenkel.)
- Open Economy Macroeconomics, Basic Books, New York, 1980.
- Inflation, Debt and Indexation, MIT Press, 1983. (ed. with M. H. Simonsen.)
- Financial Policies and the World Capital Market, University of Chicago Press, 1983. (ed. with P. Aspe and M. Obstfeld.)
- Economics, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1987, 2nd ed. (with S. Fischer and R. Schmalensee)
- Restoring Europe's Prosperity, (with O. Blanchard and R. Layard) MIT Press, 1986.
- Dollars, Debts and Deficits, MIT Press, 1987.
- Macroeconomics and Finance, (Essays in Honor of Franco Modigliani) MIT Press, 1987, (Ed. with S. Fischer)
- The Political Economy of Argentina, 1946–83, Macmillan, 1988. (ed. with G. diTella)
- Exchange Rates and Inflation MIT Press, 1988.
- Stopping High Inflation (ed. with M. Bruno, G. diTella and S. Fischer), MIT Press, 1988.
- The Open Economy: Tools for Policy Makers in Developing Countries (ed. with Leslie Helmers) Oxford University Press, 1988.
- Public Debt Management: Theory and History (ed. with Mario Draghi) Cambridge University Press, 1990.
- Reform in Eastern Europe (jointly with O. Blanchard et al.) MIT Press, 1991.
- Global Warming: Economic Policy Responses (ed. with J. Poterba) MIT Press, 1991.
- The Macroeconomics of Populism in Latin America (ed. with S. Edwards). MIT Press, 1991.
- East–West Migration (with Layard, Blanchard, and Krugman) MIT Press, 1992.
- Postwar Economic Reconstruction and Lessons for the East Today (ed. with W. Nolling and R. Layard) MIT Press, 1993
- Stabilization, Debt, and Reform: Policy Analysis For Developing Countries, Prentice Hall, 1993.
- Reform, Recovery and Growth (ed. with S. Edwards) University of Chicago Press, 1994.
- Financial Opening: Policy Lessons for Korea, (edited with Y. C. Park), Korea Institute of Finance, International Center For Economics Growth, 1995.
- Keys to Prosperity: Free Markets Sound Money and a Bit of Luck, MIT Press, 2000.
Honors and distinctions
- Fellow of the Econometric Society.
- John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 1979.
- Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- Doctor honoris causa, University of Basel, 1988.
- Honorary Professor, Universidad del Pacifico, Lima, Peru, 1989.
- Foreign Member, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, 1992.
- Harms Prize, Institute for World Economy, Kiel, 1992.
- Honorary doctorate, Catholic University, Lima Peru, 1998.
- Distinguished CES Fellow, Center for Economic Studies, University of Munich, 1998.
- Concord Prize, Krefeld, 1999
- Top 100 Economists in the World according to IDEAS/RePEc
- Dornbusch page on MIT website
- Google Scholar
- Dornbusch's opinion commentary archive at Project Syndicate