Visiting Professor of Economics
Professor Zaidi is a graduate of Haverford College and received his doctorate in economics from Princeton University. He worked for the IMF for 25+ years in various senior positions: served on the IMF’s Executive Board as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director; managed IMF resident missions in Africa and Asia; and worked on the IMF’s World Economic Outlook team. He was an Advisor to the Governor of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and served on SBP’s Policy Committee, which was responsible for the conduct of monetary policy. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Princeton University (2009-present).
Professor Zaidi will teach two courses: (1) “Financial Engineering with Applications,” which will cover the fundamentals of financial engineering, and provide applications to asset pricing, product structuring, dynamic hedging methodologies, and the use of credit derivatives in risk management; and (2) “Advanced Open-Economy Macroeconomics,” which will introduce the students to various open-economy macroeconomic models, focusing on the interactions between monetary and fiscal policies, the role of government finance in speculative attacks on currencies, monetary policy rules in open economies, and the choice of exchange rate regimes.
B.A., Haverford College (magna cum laude, Phi Bet Kappa, Cope Fellowship)
M.A. and Ph.D., Princeton University (Ford Foundation Fellowship, Sloan Foundation Research Grant)
Professor Zaidi’s research interests are in macroeconomics, international monetary economics, development economics, financial economics and applied econometrics. His current research projects include: fiscal/monetary interactions; inflation targeting in emerging market countries; model uncertainty and risk management; nonparametric estimation of oil prices; and reform of the International Monetary Fund. For a list of publications, see curriculum vitae.