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Christopher A. Sims

AKA Christopher Albert Sims

Born: 21-Oct-1942
Birthplace: Washington, DC

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Economist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Statistical theory of time series

Econometrician and macroeconomist Christopher A. Sims has studied the cause-and-effect relationship between governmental economic policy and the general economy. He has made respected contributions to the statistical theory of time series and empirical macroeconomics, and he is critical of the Phillips Curve, which posits an inverse relationship between the unemployment and inflation rates. He was voted "Most Likely to Succeed," and "Most Brilliant" in his 1959 high school class, and fifty-two years later Sims was awarded the 2011 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. At the time he won the honor, shared with his friend, New York University economist Thomas J. Sargent, Sims and Sargent were jointly teaching a graduate course in macroeconomics at Princeton.

Father: Albert Sims (U.S. State Department worker, b. 1917, d. 2002)
Mother: Ruth Leiserson Sims
Wife: (m.)

    High School: Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT (1959)
    University: BA Mathematics, Harvard University (1963)
    University: University of California at Berkeley (attended, 1963-64)
    University: PhD Economics, Harvard University (1968)
    Lecturer: Economics, Harvard University (1967-68)
    Teacher: Ass't Prof. of Economics, Harvard University (1968-70)
    Teacher: Assoc. Prof. of Economics, University of Minnesota (1970-74)
    Professor: Economics, University of Minnesota (1974-90)
    Professor: Henry Ford II Professor of Economics, Yale University (1990-99)
    Professor: Economics, Princeton University (1999-2004)
    Professor: Harold Helm Prof. of Economics & Banking, Princeton University (2004-)

    Nobel Prize for Economics (2011, with Thomas J. Sargent)
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1988)
    American Economic Association President (2012)
    Econometric Society (1975) President (1986)
    Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Visiting Scholar (1995-)
    Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Consultant (1983 and 1986-87)
    Federal Reserve Bank of New York Visiting Scholar (1994-97 and 2004-)
    Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Visiting Scholar (2000-03)
    International Monetary Fund Visiting Scholar (2003-)
    National Academy of Sciences (1989)
    National Bureau of Economic Research Research Fellow (1970-71)
    National Science Foundation
    Econometrica Co-Editor (1977-81)
    International Journal of Supercomputer Applications Editorial Board, 1987-89
    Journal of Applied Econometrics Associate Editor (1986-89)
    Journal of Business and Economic Statistics Associate Editor (1986-93)
    Journal of Economics and Philosophy Editorial Board (1985-93)
    Hillary Rodham Clinton for US Senate Committee

Author of books:
Rational Expectations Modeling with Seasonally Adjusted Data (1990)

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