Christopher Waller, the former Gilbert F. Schaefer Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame, recently was confirmed to the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors.
Waller, executive vice president and director of research at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, was confirmed to the seven-member panel by the Senate on Dec. 3 by vote of 48-47.
“Professor Waller is a nationally recognized macroeconomist who has done pioneering work in monetary theory and political economy — and he was a beloved teacher at Notre Dame,” said James Sullivan, the Gilbert F. Schaefer Professor of Economics. “It is quite an honor for us to have a former colleague playing such an important role in monetary policy for the country.”
Waller will serve on the board until January 2030 and will assist with guiding the Federal Reserve's policy actions, forecast the country's future economic direction and participate in monetary policymaking on the Federal Open Market Committee.
Waller, an expert on monetary theory, dollarization and the political economy of central banking, was a member of the Notre Dame faculty from 2003 to 2009 — when he was appointed to the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank.
He said teaching at Notre Dame “was one of the great joys in my life.”
“I am very proud of my efforts to help rebuild the economics department into a top U.S. research department and I will always feel part of it,” Waller said. “From the beginning, the department focused on the importance of economic research for guiding public policy (and) that philosophy continues to define the department and my appointment as a Fed governor is a reflection of that.”
Waller earned his doctorate in economics from Washington State University and taught at the University of Kentucky and Indiana University before joining Notre Dame.
Waller has also served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis and Cleveland, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Economics Education and Research Consortium.
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