Richard Clarida

Richard Harris Clarida (born May 18, 1957) is an American economist and Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve. He is the C. Lowell Harriss Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Columbia University and, until September 2018, Global Strategic Advisor for PIMCO. He is notable for his contributions to dynamic stochastic general equilibrium theory and international monetary economics. He is a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and is a recipient of the Treasury Medal.

Richard Clarida
21st Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve
Assumed office
September 17, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Joe Biden
Preceded byStanley Fischer
Member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Assumed office
September 17, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Joe Biden
Preceded byDaniel Tarullo
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy
In office
February 7, 2002  May 16, 2003
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byDavid Wilcox
Succeeded byMark Warshawsky
Personal details
Born (1957-05-18) May 18, 1957 (age 64)
Herrin, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican[1]
EducationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (BS)
Harvard University, (MA, PhD)


Clarida received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Illinois with Bronze Tablet honors, and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Harvard University. In October 2018 he received the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois.

Academic career and research contributions

Since 1988, Clarida has taught in the economics and international affairs programs at Columbia University, where he is the C. Lowell Harriss Professor of Economics. From 1997 until 2001, Clarida served as chairman of the Department of Economics at Columbia University. Earlier in his career, he had been a member of the Cowles Foundation at Yale University.

Clarida's research centers on dynamic stochastic general equilibrium modeling, a branch of applied general equilibrium theory that is influential in contemporary macroeconomics optimal monetary policy, especially through the lens of time series analysis. His studies with Jordi Galí and Mark Gertler suggest that monetary policy in many countries today resembles a forward looking Taylor rule, whereas the policy makers of the 1970s failed to follow such a forward looking Taylor rule.[2]

Clarida has published numerous frequently cited articles in leading academic journals on monetary policy, exchange rates, interest rates, and international capital flows. He is frequently invited to present his research to the world's leading central banks, including the Federal Reserve, the ECB, the Bank of England, and the Bank of Japan. He has written on the monetary policy implications of the low-inflation period created by the 2008 financial crisis.[3] He also introduced in 2014 the concept of a “new neutral” for Fed monetary policy which predicted a substantial decline in r*, the interest rate consistent with full employment and stable inflation. Whereas before the crisis r* was thought to be above 4 percent, Clarida wrote in 2014 that r* was now closer to 2 percent than to 4 percent.

Other professional achievements

Clarida served as the Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury for Economic Policy, a position that required confirmation by the United States Senate. In that position, he served as chief economic advisor to two Treasury Secretaries, Paul O'Neill and John W. Snow, advising them on economic policy issues, including the U.S. and global economic prospects, international capital flows, corporate governance, and the maturity structure of U.S. debt. In May 2003, Treasury Secretary John W. Snow awarded Clarida The Treasury Medal in recognition for his record of outstanding service to the Treasury Department.[4]

Clarida has served as a consultant to several prominent financial firms, including the Global Foreign Exchange Group at Credit Suisse First Boston and Grossman Asset Management. From 2006 to 2018, he was Global Strategic Advisor with PIMCO and in 2015 was named managing director with the firm. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Clarida was director of the NBER Project on and Editor of G7 Current Account Imbalances: Sustainability and Adjustment. From 2004 to 2018 he served as co-editor of the NBER International Macroeconomics Annual[5][6]

Clarida sworn in as Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve in 2018

On April 24, 2018, Clarida was officially nominated by President Donald Trump to succeed Stanley Fischer as Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve.[7] On August 28, 2018 the United States Senate voted to confirm Clarida by a margin of 69 - 26. He assumed office on September 17, 2018.[8]

Personal life

Clarida grew up in Herrin, Illinois.[9] In 1989 he married Polly Morgan Barry.[10]

In 2016 he released Time No Changes', a 13-track album.[11]


  1. Timiraos, Nick (April 16, 2018). "Trump to Nominate Richard Clarida, Michelle Bowman to Fed Board" via
  2. Clarida, Richard; Gali, Jordi; et al. (1999). "The science of monetary policy: a New-Keynesian perspective" (PDF). Journal of Economic Literature. 37 (4): 1661–707. doi:10.1257/jel.37.4.1661. hdl:10230/360. S2CID 55045787.
  3. Clarida, Richard (October 2010). "What Has – and Has Not – Been Learned about Monetary Policy in a Low Inflation Environment? A Review of the 2000s" (PDF). Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. "PIMCO Bio". PIMCO. Archived from the original on June 30, 2007.
  5. "National Bureau of Economic Research Bio". NBER.
  6. "Bloomberg Bio". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012.
  7. "Seven Nominations Sent to the Senate Today". April 24, 2018. Retrieved April 29, 2018 via National Archives.
  8. "Richard H. Clarida sworn in as Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Governors" (Press release). Federal Reserve System. September 17, 2018. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  9. Peterson, Doug (October 8, 2018). "A new tune in economics". University of Illinois. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  10. "Richard Clarida And Polly Barry Wed in Westport". June 18, 1989. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  11. Timiraos, Nick (December 14, 2018). "Parsing the Lyrics at the Fed". WSJ. Retrieved March 31, 2019.