David M. Kemme currently holds the William N. Morris Chair of Excellence in International Economics at the University of Memphis. He has served as Director of the International MBA program (1994-1997) and Chair of the Economics Department (1997). Prior to joining the University of Memphis he was a W. Frank Barton Faculty Fellow at Wichita State University (1991-1994) and Pew Charitable Trusts Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute for East-West Studies, New York (1989-1991) where he directed the Economics and Security Program. In 1991 he was also a Distinguished Fellow at the Mitsui Research Institute in Tokyo. Most recently he was a visiting scholar at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank. He earned a BA in mathematics from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and MA and Ph.D. in economics from The Ohio State University. He was a Fulbright Lecturer at the Main School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw (1981-1982).
He has researched and published more than sixty articles on the economics of transition in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, productivity and efficiency in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, exchange rate misalignment, disequilibrium macroeconomics, and the chronic shortage model of centrally planned economics. He is the author of Economic Transition in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union: Issues and Strategies and has edited or co-edited four other books. Dr. Kemme served as Associate Editor of the scholarly journal Economic Change and Restructuring, and Co-Editor of Comparative Economic Studies. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Atlantic Economic Journal and the European Journal of Comparative Economics. He is a member of the Board of Consultants of Economic Systems and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Comparative Economics. His work has been translated and published in Russian, Japanese, Ukrainian, Polish and Armenian.
He has served as a consultant to numerous organization and corporations including BearingPoint, Shell Oil, FedEx, the Rand Corporation, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank), the Asian Development Bank, the Joint Agricultural Organization, the United Nations Development Program, the US Agency for International Development, and the Academy for Educational Development, among others. Most recent consulting activities include econometric modeling for The Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance of Armenia and inflation forecast targeting models and small structural macro-econometric models for the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He has made numerous appearances in both local and national news media including CNN, FNN, and CNBC programs and is regularly quoted in leading national newspapers such as the New York Times, the New York Post, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.
His current research interests are macroeconometric modelling and forecasting, economic crises and sovereign wealth funds.