Q: At age 40, aren't you're relatively young for an appointment like this?
A: [laughs] I might be young in years, but in academic life I've been a full professor for eight years now.
Q: You're the first IMF chief economist from a developing nation. Is that an advantage?
A: Developing countries are becoming far more important because, in fact, many of them are growing at high rates. But some of them aren't growing at all. The fact that there are extremely poor countries in the world should be a cause of concern for all of us. The world at large is paying a lot more attention to these issues.
What I want to emphasize is more research into how policies we've learned about in developed countries translate to developing countries. For example