Rohan Kekre is a macroeconomist with additional interests in international economics, public economics, and finance. His current research focuses on the design of monetary, fiscal, and macroprudential policies over the business cycle, motivated by debates emerging from the United States’ Great Recession and the Eurozone crisis in recent years.
In one recent working paper, Kekre theoretically explores whether the generosity of unemployment insurance can serve as a particular fiscal instrument in macroeconomic stabilization and uses his framework to quantitatively evaluate the unprecedented extension of benefits from 2008 to 2013 in the United States. In another working paper, he studies the consequences of frictional labor markets on macroeconomic performance in a monetary union, drawing out implications for the sustainability of the Euro and the optimal conduct of monetary policy by the European Central Bank.
Kekre earned an AB in applied mathematics, an AM in statistics, and a PhD in business economics, all from Harvard University. As a graduate student, he was honored with the Harvard Business School’s Martin Award for Excellence in Business Economics. In addition, he twice received a Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching. Prior to entering graduate school, he worked at McKinsey & Company as a risk practice business analyst in its New York office.