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Dallas Fed Adds Three Noted Economists to Research Staff

For Immediate Release: May 30, 2017

Further elevating its thought leadership in the field of economic research, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas today announced the appointment of three respected economists to its staff.

Joseph S. Tracy and Marc P. Giannoni will join the Dallas Fed in senior leadership roles effective Sept. 1, 2017. Tracy will be executive vice president and senior advisor to the president. Giannoni will be senior vice president and director of research.

Karel Mertens will join the Dallas Fed on June 30 as senior economic policy advisor.

“Joe, Marc and Karel will work with our outstanding team of economists and research professionals to continue our efforts on one of our Bank’s top priorities: to build excellence in thought leadership at the Dallas Fed. These additions are significant steps toward strengthening our research excellence,” said Robert Kaplan, Dallas Fed president and CEO.

Giannoni currently is research economist and assistant vice president in the macroeconomic and monetary studies function of the New York Fed. He is a native of Switzerland and began his career as an economist with the Swiss National Bank in Zurich in 1992. He joined the New York Fed as an economist in 2000 before leaving to begin a teaching career at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in 2002. Giannoni rejoined the New York Fed in 2011 while continuing as an adjunct professor of finance and economics at Columbia. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Geneva in Switzerland and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Princeton University. 

Tracy currently is executive vice president and senior advisor to the president at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He previously served as the Bank’s director of research. He joined the New York Fed in 1996 after teaching at Yale and Columbia universities. He is a native of Missouri and holds a B.A. from the University of Missouri and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Mertens is associate professor of economics at Cornell University, research affiliate at the Center of Economic Policy Research and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He previously served as the editor-in-chief of the BE Journal of Macroeconomics. Mertens is a native of Belgium and holds a Licentiaat in economics from Ghent University, an M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in economics from the European University Institute.

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