Professor Robert A. Mundell

Distinguished Professor-at-Large
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Robert A. Mundell, world-renowned economist and Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences 1999, joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as Distinguished Professor-at-Large on 1 September 2009.

Professor Mundell was born in 1932. After graduating from the University of British Columbia in Economics and Slavonic Studies, he studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics, receiving his PhD from MIT in 1956. He taught at Stanford University and The Johns Hopkins Bologna Center of Advanced International Studies before joining the International Monetary Fund in 1961. From 1966 to 1971, he was Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and Editor of the Journal of Political Economy. Since 1974, he has been Professor of Economics and since 2001, University Professor at Columbia University in New York.

Professor Mundell prepared one of the first plans for a common currency in Europe and is known as the father of the theory of optimum currency areas. He has also played an early role in the founding of the Euro. In 1999, he received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for 'his analysis of monetary and fiscal policy under different exchange rate regimes and his analysis of optimum currency areas'. He was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada in the same year, and in 2005 was awarded the Global Economics Award of the Kiel Institute, Germany, and appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Merit. He has also written extensively on the history of the international monetary system. His writings include over a hundred articles in scientific journals and books.

Throughout the years, Professor Mundell has received over fifty honorary professorships and doctorates. He has also been an adviser to a number of international agencies and organizations including the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Commission, and several governments in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe, the Federal Reserve Board, the United States Treasury and the Government of Canada.