Christopher is an Economist in the Systemic Issues Division of the Research Department at the IMF. His research interests include monetary policy and central bank governance, forecasting and information, and housing and household finance. Prior to working at the Fund, he studied for a PhD in Economics at the LSE, and has also been an ODI Fellow, working for 3 years at the Caribbean Development Bank in Barbados.
PhD Economics, London School of Economics. 2005
MSc Economics, London School of Economics. 1998
BA Economics, Cambridge University. 1997
International Monetary Fund. 2005-
Caribbean Development Bank. 1998-2001
(ODI Fellow 1998-2000)
IMF Books and Working Papers:
How to Deal with Real Estate Booms: Lessons from Country Experiences, Working Paper No. 11/91, April 01, 2011
Policies for Macrofinancial Stability: Options to Deal with Real Estate Booms, Staff Discussion Notes No. 11/2, March 01, 2011
Monetary Policy Matters: New Evidence Based on a New Shock Measure, Working Paper No. 10/230, October 01, 2010
Macrofinancial Linkages: Trends, Crises, and Policies, August 25, 2010
Consensus Forecasts and Inefficient Information Aggregation, Working Paper No. 10/178, July 01, 2010
Coping with the Crisis: Policy Options for Emerging Market Countries, Staff Position Note No. 2009/08, April 23, 2009
Irrational Exuberance in the U.S. Housing Market: Were Evangelicals Left Behind?, Working Paper No. 09/57, March 01, 2009
Central Bank Independence and Transparency: Evolution and Effectiveness, Working Paper No. 08/119, May 01, 2008
Testing the Transparency Benefits of Inflation Targeting: Evidence from Private Sector Forecasts, Working Paper No. 06/289, December 01, 2006
Goal-Independent Central Banks: Why Politicians Decide to Delegate, Working Paper No. 06/256, November 01, 2006
Inflation, Inequality, and Social Conflict, Working Paper No. 06/158, June 01, 2006
Other Published Materials
The Evolution of Central Bank Governance around the World. With Ellen E. Meade. Journal of Economic Perspectives (2007).
Central bank independence and transparency: Evolution and Effectiveness. With Ellen E. Meade. European Journal of Political Economy (2008).
Goal independent central banks: Why politicians decide to delegate. European Journal of Political Economy (2008).