Rabah Arezki is Chief of the Commodities Unit in the IMF Research Department and is also a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution and an external research associate at the University of Oxford. He received his MS in statistics and economics from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique in Paris and Ph.D in economics from European University Institute, Florence.

He has written on energy, commodities, development economics and international macroeconomics. He has published widely in academic journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Economic Journal, the European Economic Review, the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, the World Bank Economic Review, and the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. He is the Editor of the IMF Research Bulletin and an Associate Editor of the Revue d'économie du développement. He has co-edited special issues of academic journals including of the Journal of Money Credit and Banking, and the Journal of International Money and Finance, and Oxford Economics Papers. He is the co-author, or co-editor of several books including Beyond the Curse: Policies to Harness the Power of Natural Resources, Commodity Price Volatility and Inclusive Growth in Low-Income Countries and Shifting Commodities Markets in a Globalized World.

Many of his research papers have been cited extensively in academic circles and in prominent media outlets such as the Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. His blog posts including on the recent oil drop and its consequences have been viewed over hundred thousand times and have been listed as the most read IMF blog posts. He is also a frequent contributor to Finance and Development magazine.