Valerie A. Ramey

Valerie A. Ramey

Professor of Economics

University of California, San Diego

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Valerie Ramey received her B.A. with a double major in Economics and Spanish from the University of Arizona, graduating summa cum laude. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. She is currently a Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the Econometric Society. She has served as co-editor of the American Economic Review, chair of the Economics Department at UCSD, and as a member of several National Science Foundation Advisory Panels and the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee. She currently serves on the Panel of Economic Advisers for the Congressional Budget Office and on the NBER Business Cycle Dating Committee, and she is an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of Political Economy.

Professor Ramey has published numerous scholarly articles and policy-relevant articles on the sources of business cycles, trends in wage inequality, the effects of monetary and fiscal policy, the impact of volatility on growth, and various topics on time use, such as the increase in time investments in children by educated parents. Her recent work has studied the size of government spending multipliers during recessions and periods of low interest rates. She has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Bradley Foundation.


  • Macroeconomics
  • Fiscal policy
  • Time use
  • Economic fluctuations
  • Inventories


  • Ph.D., Economics, 1987

    Stanford University

  • B.A., Economics and Spanish, 1981

    University of Arizona