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SCID Senior Fellow Ronald McKinnon dies at 79

A towering figure in the economics profession, Ronald I. McKinnon, the William D. Eberle Professor in Economics, Emeritus, at Stanford University, died October 1, 2014 at the Mills-Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame, California, from complications resulting from a fall on an escalator at San Francisco International Airport on September 18. He was 79.

Professor McKinnon was an applied economist whose primary interests were international economics and economic development. Understanding financial and monetary institutions was central to his teaching and research. That research contributed to our knowledge of the role of finance in economic development, the sequencing of economic policy reform, the impact and conduct of fiscal and monetary policy, the workings of the international financial system and, especially in recent years, developments in the Chinese economy.

A prolific writer, he wrote or co-authored nine books and penned numerous articles and commentary pieces for economic journals and publications such as The Economist, the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. His contributions as a Senior Fellow at SCID were immeasurable, and the 24 working papers he authored or co-authored in the Center’s Working Paper series are testimony to the depth of his interest and involvement in all of the Center’s activities.

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