David E. AltigExecutive Vice President and Director of Research
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Biography Updated August 2016
Dr. David E. Altig is executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to advising the Bank president on monetary policy and related matters, Dr. Altig oversees the Bank's regional executives and the Bank's research department. He also serves as a member of the Bank's management and discount committees. He leads the Atlanta Fed's macroblog, which provides commentary on economic topics, including monetary policy, macroeconomic developments, and the Southeast economy.
Dr. Altig also serves as an adjunct professor of economics in the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, where he was the recipient of the 2010 Einhorn award for excellence in executive MBA teaching. In 2016, he was elected to a three-year term as a director of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He is also a member of the board of the Global Interdependence Center and the advisory board of Atlanta-based Neighborhood Nexus.
Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, Dr. Altig served as vice president and associate director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He joined the Cleveland Fed in 1991 as an economist before being promoted in 1997. Before joining the Cleveland Fed, Dr. Altig was a faculty member in the department of business economics and public policy at Indiana University. He also has lectured at the Ohio State University, Brown University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Duke University, John Carroll University, Kent State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin, as well as in the Chinese Executive MBA program sponsored by the University of Minnesota and Lingnan College of Sun Yat-Sen University.
Dr. Altig graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Brown University.
He and his wife Pam have four children and six grandchildren.
Cleveland Fed Working Papers
Other Fed Work
David Altig and Owen F. Humpage. "Dollarization and Monetary Sovereignty: The Case of Argentina," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Economic Commentary, September 15, 1999.
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David Altig, Jan Walliser, Alan J. Auerbach, Lawrence J. Kotlikoff, and Kent Smetters. "Assessing Fundamental Tax Reform," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Economic Commentary, January 15, 1998.
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David Altig, Terry J. Fitzgerald, and Peter C. Rupert. "Okun's Law Revisited: Should We Worry about Low Unemployment?," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Economic Commentary, May 15, 1997.
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David Altig and Charles T. Carlstrom. "A Conference on Liquidity, Monetary Policy, and Financial Intermediation," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Economic Review (1995 Q4).
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David Altig and Charles T. Carlstrom. "The Efficiency and Welfare Effects of Tax Reform: Are Fewer Tax Brackets Better Than More?," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Review, (1994 No4).
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David Altig and Jagadeesh Gokhale. "Back to the Future: Prospective Deficits through the Prism of the Past," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Economic Commentary, March 15, 1994.
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David Altig and Charles T. Carlstrom. "Using Bracket Creep to Raise Revenue: A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Passed," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Economic Review (1993 No2).
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David Altig, Susan M. Byrne, and Katherine A. Samolyk. "Is Household Debt Inhibiting the Recovery?," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Economic Commentary, February 15, 1992.
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Dave Altig. "Labor Market Strong, Economy on Track ." ECONversations. 2015 November.
Dave Altig. "Despite Rough Start to 2015, Economy Still on Track ." ECONversations. 2015 July.
Dave Altig. "U.S. Economy Back on Track after a Disappointing Start to the Year ." ECONversations. 2014 November.
Dave Altig. "Despite a Disappointing Start to 2014, Economic Growth Should Rebound ." ECONversations. 2014 June.
Nicholas Parker and Dave Altig. "Gauging Firm Optimism in a Time of Transition." macroblog. March 2, 2017.
Dave Altig and Ellyn Terry. "Can Tight Labor Markets Inhibit Investment Growth?." macroblog. February 28, 2017.
Dave Altig and Patrick Higgins. "How Good Is The Employment Trend? Decide for Yourself." macroblog. July 15, 2016.
David Altig. "Is the Labor Market Tossing a Fair Coin?." macroblog. July 7, 2016.
David Altig. "Far Away Yet Close to Home: Discussing the Global Economy's Effects." macroblog. July 1, 2015.
David Altig. "All Eyes on the Consumer." macroblog. May 7, 2015.
David Altig. "What the Weather Wrought." macroblog. April 20, 2015.