World Bank, Washington, I Mf International Monetary Fund discussed on Freakonomics Radio

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Five minute interview can we say forty rather than forty five because I'm due to spend time with the World Bank could they board and they don't want to offend that they're not they're not so important come if who would you rather spend time talking to Freakonomics radio or the World Bank let's be honest all right so can you describe what you actually do in a in a given or typical day okay I spent about fifty percent of my time at headquarters here in Washington and fifty percent of my time travelling to member countries because the the I MF International Monetary Fund has a hundred and eighty nine members that all countries that occasionally will request my presence and I have to attend those G. twenty G. seven and various meetings around the world my day at the office can be anywhere between typically it's eight o'clock until about it's eight o'clock or sometimes a bit later and I will you know on okay my time between meetings with teams or with heads of department all with the board I do a bit of reading of materials and I spend quite a bit of time as well on the telephone talking to are the ministers of finance from different countries around the world or leaders of countries where we are trying to help and provide services you were born in Paris two two professors your mother taught French Latin and ancient Greek your father English literature I also understand you were a talented synchronized swimmer and we're on the French national team so how did that person the daughter of those professors and the synchronized swimmer turned into the managing director of the International Monetary Fund well unfortunately none of my parents is actually here to see so they would both sorry to hear that out about that but you know I I it's to them and too many other people along the way but you know it's certainly the the love and confidence that they have given me as well as the appetite for reading exploring being open to other countries and other languages that was certainly from my father and that that you know I am where I am it's a little hard work a lot of determination a lot of reading over the course of my life and certainly the confidence to sometimes take the lead to sometimes say yes to sometimes said no and try to carry the team with you along that I think is predominantly generated by the the love that I've received the IMF's founding fathers as the guard has called them were the British economist John Maynard Keynes and the American treasury official Harry dexter white they wanted an institution that would promote a stable international monetary system and help create an economic network that would incentivize piece.

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