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Mitchener, Kris

Kris James Mitchener

Robert and Susan Finocchio 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) and CES-ifo.

His research focuses on economic history, international economics, macroeconomics, and monetary economics, and is a leading expert on the history of financial crises. Currently, he is exploring how banking networks can amplify the decline in lending during panics; how effective capital controls are in response to exchange-rate crises; and how commodity prices affect market beliefs about the durability of exchange-rate pegs. 

Recently published research examines how banking supervision and regulation emerged in modern economies and how they affect financial stability. His publications on sovereign-debt crises explore how the adoption of fixed exchange-rates influences risk spreads and how sovereign debt claims have been enforced historically. Professor Mitchener’s path-breaking study on the Great Depression demonstrated how the size of credit booms influences the severity of the economic downturns. 

Professor Mitchener is editor-in-chief of Explorations in Economic History – currently the highest impact factor journal in the field of economic history. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Financial History Review, Cliometrica, and Economics and is a current recipient of a Markkula Center Grant to study ethical decision making and reputation in the labor market. He was the W. Glenn Campbell and Rita-Ricardo Campbell Hoover National Fellow at Stanford University and has received funding from the National Science Foundation and INET to support his research.

Prior to his current position, he was professor of economics at the University of Warwick. Professor Mitchener has held visiting positions at the Bank of Japan, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, UCLA, and CREi at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.