Dr. Ryota Nakatani is an Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Prior to joining the IMF, Dr. Nakatani was a Deputy Director in the Research and Statistics Department of the Bank of Japan (BOJ). During his 11-year career as an economist at the IMF and the BOJ, Dr. Nakatani has abundant experience as a main desk economist and a chief economist; his responsibilities include making economic forecasts of more than 20 countries and simulation analyses using about 1,000 economic and financial variables as a leader of the BOJ’s main macroeconomic model team.


In his role as a chief economist from 2009 to 2012, Dr. Nakatani was responsible for analyzing the economies and financial markets of a number of countries, including China, Russia, United Kingdom, Turkey, Poland, Malaysia, South Africa, Vietnam, Singapore, Romania, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Baltic countries, and Middle Eastern and North African countries. From 2012 to 2014, he was enrolled in the Ph.D. program in economics at the University of California with a full scholarship from the BOJ. Since obtaining his Ph.D. degree in 2014, he led the BOJ’s main macroeconomic model (the Quarterly Japanese Economic Model) team to create economic forecasts and perform various simulation analyses for the Japanese economy.


His research focus is on international finance, currency crisis and monetary policy. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Policy Modeling, Open Economies Review, The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Journal of Asian Economics, Applied Economics Letters, Comparative Economic Studies, and Emerging Markets Finance and Trade.


Dr. Nakatani earned his Ph.D. in economics and a M.A. in international economics from the University of California and a M.P.P. and a B.A. in economics from Hitotsubashi University.