Jacques J. Polak

Jacques J. Polak holds a PhD in economics from Amsterdam University (1937). He started his career working with Jan Tinbergen, under the auspices of the League of Nations, on an econometric model of the United States. He attended the 1944 Bretton Woods conference as a member of the Netherlands delegation; joined the staff of the Research and Statistics Department of the IMF in 1947; became the Director of that Department in 1958 and the Fund’s Economic Counsellor in 1966. After retiring from the Fund staff in 1980, he served for six years as a member of its Executive Board, representing a constituency of the Netherlands and four other countries.