Jeromin Zettelmeyer has been a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since September 2016 and was a nonresident senior fellow during 2013–14. From 2014 until September of 2016, he served as director-general for economic policy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, reporting to Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, where he was responsible for economic analysis and forecasting, the microeconomic policy framework, and a key policy initiative to boost private and public investment. He also represented Germany at the OECD Economic Policy Committee and served as a founding cochair of the OECD’s Global Forum on Productivity.
Before joining the German government, Zettelmeyer was director of research and deputy chief economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (August 2008–March 2014), where he cowrote and edited the Transition Report and other EBRD flagship publications and contributed to the modernization of the EBRD’s development strategy in emerging Europe and Central Asia. Prior to that, he was a staff member of the International Monetary Fund, where he worked in the Research, Western Hemisphere, and European II departments (1994–2008).
Zettelmeyer has published widely on topics including financial crises, sovereign debt, economic growth, and transition economies. He is coauthor with Federico Sturzenegger of Debt Defaults and Lessons from a Decade of Crises (MIT Press, 2007). His current research and policy interests include Europe’s currency union, Greece’s debt problem, the social impact of macroeconomic adjustment and reform, and the causes and consequences of the global productivity slowdown.
Zettelmeyer holds a PhD in economics from MIT (1995) and an economics degree from the University of Bonn (1990). He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Financial and Monetary Systems.