A Greek economist at MIT
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A Greek economist at MIT

Marios Angeletos was born in Athens in 1975 and was lucky to have grown up in a family which, although not wealthy, was blessed with a passion for life and knowledge. He began his studies in 1992 at the Athens University of Economics and Business and graduated in 1996 with a degree in Economics, having achieved the highest mark ever recorded in the school’s history.

After receiving a master’s at the same university, in 1997, he continued his studies at Harvard on a full scholarship and was awarded a Ph.D. in 2001. His thesis examined the management of state debt and was supervised by world famous macroeconomist Robert Barro. Upon completing his Ph.D., aged only 26, he received offers for assistant professor positions at MIT and the Universities of Chicago, Yale and Minnesota, among others. He eventually chose MIT.

In autumn 2005, aged 30 years old, he received his first invitation to work as a full-time professor at the University of Columbia. More offers soon followed from Princeton, Stanford and MIT, where he chose to remain. Marios is the only Greek ever appointed a professor at MIT’s Economics Department, which, with three Nobel Prizes awarded to members of its staff, shares with Harvard the top of economic departments worldwide.

Marios has received several research awards and scholarship from institutions such as the US National Science Foundation, the  Alfred P. Sloan Foundation,  Rotary International, the greek State Scholarship Foundation and the Onassis Foundation

He is today research partner at the American National Bureau of Economic Research. In the past, he has been a visiting researcher at Harvard University and the Federal Bank of Minneapolis. His research covers a variety of topics in macroeconomic theory and policy. He has already made 15 publications in renown scientific journals- most of them in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, i.e.the top five journals of economic science.

His current research interests are focused on:

I)     the role of information and expectations in economic fluctuations

II)   the importance of money markets in business transactions and macroeconomic sizes, and the function of economic policy in coordinating markets, balancing fluctuations and avoiding financial crises.