Sir Christopher Pissarides is a British-Cypriot economist who is currently the Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, a Professor of European Studies at the University of Cyprus and Chairman of the Council of National Economy of the Republic of Cyprus, and the Helmut & Anna Pao Sohmen Professor-at-Large of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He was educated at the University of Essex and the London School of Economics (LSE), and he spent the bulk of his career at the LSE. He had long visits in the US Universities of Harvard, Princeton and California at Berkeley.
Sir Christopher specialises in the economics of labour markets, macroeconomic policy, economic growth and structural change. He was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics, jointly with Dale Mortensen of Northwestern University and Peter Diamond of MIT, for his work in the economics of markets with frictions. Prior to that, he served on the influential European Employment Task Force (2003) and he has been a consultant on employment policy and other labour issues for the World Bank, the European Commission, the Bank of England and the OECD. In 2005, he became the first European economist to win the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, sharing it again with his collaborator Dale Mortensen.
From 2000 to 2007, he was an external member of the Cyprus Monetary Policy Committee, which successfully saw the introduction of the euro to that country. In 2011, he received the Grand Cross of the Republic of Cyprus, the highest honour of the Republic, and served as the President of the European Economic Association.
Sir Christopher Pissarides has written extensively in professional publications and his book, “Equilibrium Unemployment Theory” is an influential reference in the economics of unemployment that has been translated into many languages. He is frequently quoted in the press on issues concerning the Eurozone and the future of European integration. In 2013, he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, receiving the award for Knights Bachelor for his services to economics.
He is an elected Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Athens, the Academia Europaea and several other learned societies, and he is a Lifetime Honorary Member of the American Economic Association.
To learn more about Christopher, you can visit his website here.
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