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Rabah Arezki

Title: Senior Fellow

Related programs: Commodity Economics & Finance / Public Policy School

Area of expertise: Commodities, Macroeconomics, Agricultural Economics

Rabah Arezki heads the commodities research team in the IMF Research Department and is a Senior Fellow at Policy Center for the New South who focuses on Commodities, Macroeconomics and Agricultural Economics. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution and at the University of Oxford. During his career at the Fund, he has worked in the IMF Institute and Africa, Fiscal Affairs, Middle East and Central Asia Departments. He has led and participated in various IMF missions such as surveillance, program, training and technical assistance in West Africa, Gulf Countries, Iraq, Liberia and the Maghreb. He has delivered lectures at IMF regional training centers in Austria, Kuwait and throughout Africa as well as at academic institutions in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Rabah has written on commodities, international macroeconomics and development economics. He has published widely in academic and other journals, including the Economic Journal, the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, the European Economic Review, the World Bank Economic Review, the Journal of International Money and Finance, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and World Development. He has also been cited in leading magazines and newspapers, including The Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Les Echos, El Mundo, Il Sole 24 Ore. He is also a frequent contributor to Finance and Development magazine and is the Editor of the IMF Research Bulletin. 

Mr. Arezki has co-edited two books published by the International Monetary Fund. The first is entitled Beyond the Curse: Policies to Harness the Power of Natural Resources and was published in 2011. The second co-edited book on “Commodity Price Volatility and Inclusive Growth in Low-Income Countries” was published in 2012. He has co-edited several special issues including of the Journal of Money Credit and Banking, the Journal of International Money and Finance, Oxford Economic Papers, and the Journal of African Economies. He obtained his M.Sc. from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique in Paris, France and his PhD from the European University Institute, in Florence, Italy.