Peter S. Heller
Peter S. Heller is a visiting professor of Economics at Williams College, in Williamstown MA. He also teaches in the graduate program of governance at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands and as an occasional lecture at the IMF Institute. He worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for almost thirty years, where he wrote extensively on issues of economic development and poverty reduction, macro fiscal policy, ageing populations, public expenditure policy, health care reforms in developing countries, pension and civil service reform, climate change, privatization, and globalization.
At the IMF, he was the Deputy Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund. He has had extensive experience in Asia, working on China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand, Africa (where he worked on Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia), and Europe (where he worked on Bosnia). While working at the Fund, he was involved intensively with the WHO’s Commission on Macroeconomics and Health as well as the United Nations Millennium Development Plan. He also was a member of an advisory committee to the Director General of the World Health Organization on tobacco policies.
His book Who Will Pay? Coping with Ageing Societies, Climate Change, and other Long-Term Fiscal Challenges was published by the IMF in 2003. During his career, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan and after leaving the IMF, he taught several years at the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Heller received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University and his BA from Trinity College (Hartford).