V.V. Chari is the founding director of the Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute, the Paul Frenzel Land Grant Professor of Liberal Arts in the University of Minnesota Department of Economics, and an adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
He received a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and his Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has served on the Board of Editors of many journals, including Econometrica, the Journal of Economic Literature and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. In 1998, he was elected fellow of the Econometric Society and was named Scholar of the College by the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, in 2008. His research interests are in banking, fiscal and monetary policy and on issues of economic development.