Ilene J. Grabel
Professor; Co-Director of Global Economic Affairs
What I do
Research interests: global financial governance architectures; political economy of international financial policy; multilateral financial institutions; central banks, currency boards, and exchange rate regimes; financial instability and crises; developmental finance; regional, subregional, and transregional financial architectures; macroeconomic policies for development; development banks; global financial safety net; the political economy of international capital flows and capital control policies; Albert Hirschman; American financial orders and "post-American" orders; neoliberalism and the post-neoliberal order. Teaching interests: Int'l Monetary Relations; Finance and Economic Development; Financial Development Policies; Advanced Topics in Int'l Monetary Relations
Financial Systems and Economic Development, Political Economy of International Financial Policy, International Financial Institutions and Financial Governance
- Ph.D., Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1992
- MA, Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1990
- BA, Economics, Queens College, City University of New York, 1985
Prior to completing the book, I conducted research on the origins and consequences of the Mexican and East Asian financial crises of the 1990s; policies to mitigate financial instability and reduce the spillover effects of financial crises in EMDEs; on the political economy of capital control policies and international private capital flows (particularly, portfolio investment and remittances); the effects of financial liberalization on macroeconomic and distributional outcomes and on political voice; pro-poor financial policies (with Gerald Epstein); and on the negative developmental effects of independent central banks and currency boards. In addition to this work, I co-authored with Ha-Joon Chang the book, Reclaiming Development: An Alternative Economic Policy Manual (Zed Books/Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, reissued 2014). In Reclaiming Development Chang and I challenge the damaging and incorrect “There is no alternative” narrative, and make a case for a range of policies that can promote economic development that is robust, equitable, and stable. See my CV for further details on my research. Also see my books and selected journal articles and book chapters for details on my work.
My research has also benefitted from the numerous opportunities I’ve had to engage with policy makers working in, with, and on behalf of EMDEs. I’ve worked, for example, as a consultant to the International Poverty Centre for Inclusive Growth of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)/G-24, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies of UNCTAD, United Nations University/World Institute for Development Economics Research, UNDP’s Human Development Report Office, and lectured at policy-oriented events sponsored by UNCTAD, Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the Central Banks of Argentina and Costa Rica, and the Technical Commission for the New International Financial Architecture of the Ministry Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador. I have also been a member of the Task Force on Regulating Global Capital Flows for Long-Run Development (an initiative of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-range Future, Boston University) and was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Progressive Economy (an initiative of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of the European Parliament, 2013-March 2018). I was a member of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Expert Group on Financing for Development (September 2017-Present) and an academic partner of Progressive Society (an initiative of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of the European Parliament, March 2018-Present). I have participated in an Exit Workshop organized by the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the International Monetary Fund (to provide feedback on the IEO’s draft report on “IMF Advice on Unconventional Monetary Policy).
I have also enjoyed the opportunity to support the work of those in NGO community seeking to make the world a better place. In this connection I have been a consultant to Action Aid, the coalition “New Rules for Global Finance,” and an Expert Advisor to the Third World Network project on capital controls and free trade agreements. I am also connected to several research institutes. For instance, I am a Research Partner at the Centro de Estudios Financieros y Económicos de América del Norte at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2012-present and a Research Scholar at the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2007-present).
Areas of Research
- Joan Robinson (Book) Prize 2019 (formerly the Myrdal Prize), European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy
- Distinguished University Professor, 2019, University of Denver
- International Studies Association International Political Economy Section Best Book Award 2019.
- British International Studies Association International Political Economy Group Book Prize, 2018
- University Lecturer, 2011-12, University of Denver