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Gerald D. Cohen

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Gerald D. Cohen is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Given his background as an economist and investor, his research focuses on the intersection between financial markets and macroeconomic fundamentals. He has spent his career performing rigorous, original, fundamental analysis geared toward investing with a multi-year expected holding period.

Prior to joining Brookings, Gerald was a Principal at Ziff Brothers Investments in New York where he established and managed their Global Macro Group. Gerald and his team were responsible for analyzing global macroeconomic conditions and developing and implementing long-term investment strategies. The principal instruments for expressing their investments were global fixed income securities, foreign currencies, and derivatives thereof.

Gerald has also worked as a Senior Economist at Merrill Lynch where he contributed to research publications and was regularly quoted in various financial media on topics regarding the economy and interest rates. Prior to joining Merrill, Gerald worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. While at the Fed, he served as an Economist in the Domestic Research Function studying the transmission mechanism of monetary policy and at the Open Market Trading Desk where he helped implement monetary policy.

He was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. While at Harvard, he was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Doctoral Fellowship and the Allyn Young Teaching Award. Dr. Cohen is co-author of Political Cycles and the Macroeconomy (MIT Press, 1997) with Alberto Alesina and Nouriel Roubini, a book which analyzes the impact of politicians and electoral cycles on the economy. He has also published articles in peer-reviewed economics journals. He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife Elizabeth and children Hannah, Benjamin and Liat.

Gerald D. Cohen is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Given his background as an economist and investor, his research focuses on the intersection between financial markets and macroeconomic fundamentals. He has spent his career performing rigorous, original, fundamental analysis geared toward investing with a multi-year expected holding period.

Prior to joining Brookings, Gerald was a Principal at Ziff Brothers Investments in New York where he established and managed their Global Macro Group. Gerald and his team were responsible for analyzing global macroeconomic conditions and developing and implementing long-term investment strategies. The principal instruments for expressing their investments were global fixed income securities, foreign currencies, and derivatives thereof.

Gerald has also worked as a Senior Economist at Merrill Lynch where he contributed to research publications and was regularly quoted in various financial media on topics regarding the economy and interest rates. Prior to joining Merrill, Gerald worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. While at the Fed, he served as an Economist in the Domestic Research Function studying the transmission mechanism of monetary policy and at the Open Market Trading Desk where he helped implement monetary policy.

He was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. While at Harvard, he was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Doctoral Fellowship and the Allyn Young Teaching Award. Dr. Cohen is co-author of Political Cycles and the Macroeconomy (MIT Press, 1997) with Alberto Alesina and Nouriel Roubini, a book which analyzes the impact of politicians and electoral cycles on the economy. He has also published articles in peer-reviewed economics journals. He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife Elizabeth and children Hannah, Benjamin and Liat.

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