Santa Clara University

Kris James Mitchener

Professor of Economics

Kris Mitchener Professor of Economics Kris James Mitchener is the Robert and Susan Finocchio Professor of Economics at Santa Clara University, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the Centre for Competitive Advantage and the Global Economy (CAGE), and Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). 

His research focuses on economic history, international economics, macroeconomics, and monetary economics, and he is a leading expert on the history of financial crises. Currently he is exploring the role correspondent networks play in amplifying the real effects of banking crises as well as the macroeconomic effectiveness of capital controls in response to crises. His current research also examines how banking supervision and regulation emerged in modern economies and how they affect financial stability. 

Earlier research on sovereign debt crises explores how the adoption of fixed exchange-rate influences risk spreads and how sovereign debt claims have been enforced historically. His path-breaking study on the Great Depression, published in 2003, demonstrated how the size of credit booms influences the severity of the economic downturns. 

Professor Mitchener is a current recipient of an Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) grant, and from 2009-11, he was the W. Glenn Campbell and Rita-Ricardo Campbell Hoover National Fellow at Stanford University. Prior to his current position, he was professor of economics at the University of Warwick, and has held visiting positions at the Bank of Japan, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, UCLA, and CREi at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He is co-editor of Explorations in Economic History and presently serves on the editorial boards of the Financial History Review, Cliometrica, and Economics

He received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

August 2014


Phone: 408-554-4340


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