Adam Posen

Adam Posen

Formal First Name
1966 - present

Adam Posen is the President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the world’s leading independent economic research institute. Posen is one of the world’s foremost experts on fiscal and monetary policy, financial crises, and the economies of Europe, Japan, and the United States. Throughout his career, he has contributed to research and public policy regarding monetary and fiscal policies in the G20, the challenges of European integration since the adoption of the euro, China-US economic relations, and developing new approaches to financial recovery and stability. Posen is also an expert on macroeconomic policy and an adviser to the US Congressional Budget Office and has consulted for the Bank of England, Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund and other central banks. He has published a series of influential and widely covered articles on the political economy of globalization, inflation targeting, and of Japan’s Great Recession and recovery.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Under his leadership, PIIE has grown to 42 world-renowned fellows, raised its endowment by 50%, and won global recognition.

  • PIIE was recognized as the leading independent think tank in international economics, including repeated top rankings from the Prospect Think Tank Awards and the Global Go To Think Tank Index.

  • PIIE has been named North American Economics Think Tank of the Year by Prospect three years in a row (2016, 2017, and 2018).

  • The Institute also has broken new ground in providing accessible economic analysis to the general public.


  • His research focuses on macroeconomic policy, European and Japanese political economy, and the resolution of financial crises.

  • He was one of the first economists to seriously address the political foundations of central bank independence and to analyze Japan's Great Recession as a failure of macroeconomic policy.  


  • 2014 Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

  • 2018 Adam Smith Distinguished Lecture, University of Glasgow

  • 2019 CEPR Distinguished Fellow

  • 2021 Order of the Rising Sun



  • Posen is among the most cited economists in the press. He appears frequently on Bloomberg, CNBC, BBC, and NPR programs.

  • He has been published in leading news and policy publications, including the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, Handelsblatt, Die Welt, Harvard Business Review, and The International Economy.