Portrait of Graham Bird
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  • Degrees
    PhD, University of Surrey
    MA, Cambridge University
    BA, Cambridge University
  • Research Interests
    International finance, international macroeconomics, economic development

Graham Bird is a clinical professor of economic sciences at Claremont Graduate University. He is also emeritus professor in the School of Economics at the University of Surrey in the UK, where he was head of department for twelve years, and founder and director of the Surrey Centre for International Economic Studies (SCIES). He has been a visiting professor at the Fletcher School, Tufts University and Claremont McKenna College, and has also taught at the universities of Kent, Sussex and Reading, as well as the London School of Economics in the UK and at Wellesley College in the US. He has acted as a consultant or adviser to the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office, the World Bank, various UN agencies including UNDP and UNICEF, the UK Treasury, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Commonwealth Secretariat. He has been a visiting scholar in the IMF’s Research Department, the Institute for International Economics at Stockholm University, and the Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School. He served on the steering committee of the Royal Economic Society’s Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics (CHUDE) and on the Quality Assurance Agency’s Benchmarking Group, which set standards for teaching economics at universities in the UK.

Bird is the author, co-author or editor of more than 250 publications, including 26 books and monographs. His research often crosses conventional disciplinary boundaries and his published papers have appeared in internationally leading economics, development and international relations journals including Journal of International Money and Finance, European Economic Review, World Development, Journal of Development Studies, and International Organization. He had three papers published in the prestigious Princeton Essays in International Economics series.

Many of Bird’s papers have been heavily cited in the academic literature, as reflected by his Google scholar citation data. They have been widely used by policy makers. He has regularly been ranked in the top 4% of authors in economics worldwide on the basis of his research output and citations, and he has a ResearchGate score higher than 93% per cent of all ResearchGate members.

His most recent book, The IMF: Distinguishing Reality from Rhetoric, co-authored with Dane Rowlands, was published in 2016. It provides a detailed empirical examination of IMF programs, the pattern of their use, their implementation as well as their impact on economic growth, private capital flows and foreign aid. Reviewers have referred to it as a “must-read” for any serious scholar of international economic affairs and as a benchmark for future research. He is currently working on another book that examines various aspects of international macroeconomics and finance, as well as a series of articles on topics in international money and finance including the effect of IMF programs in the context of the international macroeconomic policy trilemma, contagion and international financial crises, the causes of global economic imbalances, and the effect of workers’ remittances, foreign direct investment and foreign aid on economic growth.

Co-authored with D. Rowlands. The IMF: Distinguishing Reality from Rhetoric, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016.

Co-authored with D. Rowlands. “The Effects of IMF Programs on Economic Growth in Low Income Countries,” Journal of Development Studies, published online, February 2017.

Co-authored with W. Du and T. Willett. “Behavioral Finance and Efficient Markets: What Does the Euro Crisis Tell Us?” Open Economies Review, 28 (2): 273-295, 2017.

Co-authored with A. Mandilaras and H. Popper. “Trilemma Stability and International Macroeconomic Archetypes,” European Economic Review, 64, 181-193, 2013.

Co-authored with A. Mandilaras and H. Popper. “Is There a Beijing Consensus on International Macroeconomic Policy?” World Development, 40 (10), 1933-1943, 2012.

Co-authored with A. Mandilaras. “Once Bitten: The Effects of IMF Programs on Subsequent Reserve Behavior.” Review of Development Economics. 15:2, 2011.

Co-authored with A. Mandilaras. “A Markov Switching Analysis of Contagion in the EMS.” Journal of International Money and Finance, 29 (6), 1062-1075, 2010.

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