Stanley Fischer and the IMF

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Christine Lagarde and Kemal Dervis appear to be front-runners to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn at the IMF. Good candidates, no doubt, but in my view the best choice (if he could be persuaded to do it) would be Stanley Fischer, ex-MIT, ex-IMF, ex-World Bank and currently governor of the Bank of Israel. His performance in each role has been outstanding. I agree with Greg Mankiw's assessment:

Stan is a superb economist and international policymaker: smart, sensible, experienced, personable, and open-minded. He would be an ideal person to head the IMF.

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Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He was the Washington columnist for the Financial Times, and before that worked at The Economist for more than 20 years, including 11 years as deputy editor. Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics. More

Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics.

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