Dr. Laura E Kodres is the Distinguished Senior Fellow for the Golub Center for Finance and Policy at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to her appointment at MIT, she was a senior official at the International Monetary Fund, serving in several Departments during her 24-year career there. During 2007-2013 she was an Assistant Director and Division Chief for the Global Financial Stability Analysis Division in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department. There she oversees the analytical chapters of the IMF’s Global Financial Stability Report. She holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of California at Davis and a PhD in Economics from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She has held positions at First National Bank of Chicago (presently JP Morgan Chase & Co) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Dr. Kodres became a Finance Professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in 1989. In 1992, she took a position as an Economist at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and then at the Federal Reserve Board. She has published papers on a number of financial topics, including contagion and behavioural finance, in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Business.