David K. Backus (1953-2016)

photoAn intellectual leader at the Stern School for more than 25 years where he held the Heinz Riehl Professorship in International Economics and Finance, Dave Backus pioneered a new approach to international macroeconomics, which shapes the profession’s understanding of credibility and monetary policy, exchange rate behavior, and international finance. His work on asset markets helped lay the foundation for the thriving new research area at the intersection of macroeconomics and finance. He served for seven years as the Vice Dean for Faculty and as Chair of the Economics department and the Accounting Department. Professor Backus was also a gifted teacher and developed many visionary courses for both undergraduates and graduate students. Prior to joining Stern, he taught at Queen's University and the University of British Columbia, and served at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.  

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