The Smartest Economist You’ve Never Heard Of

A great portrait on a man, I ought to say, I only knew by name rather than by its accomplishments and work at the IMF.

In a profession in which reputations are made by mastering subjects that have become increasingly narrow and technical, the variety of topics Blanchard has studied and written about is extraordinary. Indeed, it is because of that breadth that Blanchard acknowledges he is unlikely to win a Nobel Prize. “I did not fundamentally change our view about anything,” he said, wistfully but with no sign of regret. “I tried to provide useful insights on many things rather than obsessing about one.”

→ The Washington Post