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Goldman Sachs just announced that its legendary economist Jim O’Neill would be retiring later this year.In September, Business Insider asked O’Neill what economists and books shaped the way he thinks.
“Gosh where to start?” he said.
What follows is a tight list of economists — some well-known and some obscure. The list includes old and new books including O’Neill’s “Bible.” It also includes a book that he used to develop one of Goldman Sachs’ proprietary currency forecasting models.
As we wait to hear about his next move, check out the books that influenced him the most.
'Robert Solow's work on Growth Theory, greatly influenced my belief, thinking and framing the context for the early BRIC research that became so popular.'
'My thinking about research on FX was greatly influenced by research by each of Dornbusch and his theories of exchange rate overshooting.'
'John Williamson, his pioneering research on Fundamental Equilibrium Exchange Rates (FEERs) contributed to my basic thinking in creating the GS Dynamic Equilibrium Exchange Rate (GSDEER) framework for FX determination.'
'On a number of monetary and cyclical research issues, I was brought up believing that Martin Feldstein's works deserve huge respect, and I still have huge respect for him.'
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