Karthik Athreya

Economist, Author


Who is Karthik Athreya?

Kartik Athreya is a senior economist in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. His research has been published in academic publications such as the Journal of Monetary Economics and the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control. Recently, he taught a Ph.D. course at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the Richmond Fed in 2000, Athreya worked at Citibank in New York City.

Famous Quotes:

  • Writers who have not taken a year of PhD coursework in a decent economics department (and passed their PhD qualifying exams), cannot meaningfully advance the discussion on economic policy.
  • Economics is hard. Really hard. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mind-boggingly hard it is. I mean you may think doing the Sunday Times crossword is difficult, but that’s just peanuts to economics. And because it is so hard, people shouldn’t blithely go shooting their mouths off about it, and pretending like it’s so easy. In fact, we would all be better off if we just ignored these clowns.
  • For my part, seventeen years after my first PhD coursework, I still feel ill at ease with my grasp of many issues, and I am fairly confident that this is not just a question of limited intellect.


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  • Bachelor of Science, University of Iowa
    ( - 1993)
  • Doctorate, Iowa State University
    ( - 2000)
  • Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
    (2000/08 - )

on July 23, 2013