Christian Friedrich

Senior Economist

Christian Friedrich is a Senior Economist in the International Economic Analysis Department at the Bank of Canada. His research interests are located in the fields of international macroeconomics and international finance. Christian Friedrich holds a Ph.D. in International Economics from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.


Christian Friedrich

Senior Economist
International Economic Analysis
International Policy Issues Division

Bank of Canada
234 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0G9

Curriculum vitae


The Role of Central Banks in Promoting Financial Stability: An International Perspective

Staff Discussion Paper 2016-15 Rose Cunningham, Christian Friedrich
The 2007–09 global financial crisis has led policy-makers around the world, including central banks, to refocus their efforts to promote financial stability. As part of this process, central banks became quite active in supporting financial stability in a variety of ways, such as publicly sharing their assessments of financial system vulnerabilities and risks and helping to strengthen regulation, supervision and macroprudential measures.

The Dynamics of Capital Flow Episodes

Staff Working Paper 2016-9 Christian Friedrich, Pierre Guérin
This paper proposes a novel methodology for identifying episodes of strong capital flows based on a regime-switching model. In comparison with the existing literature, a key advantage of our methodology is to estimate capital flow regimes without the need for context- and sample-specific assumptions.

Monetary Policy and Financial Stability: Cross-Country Evidence

Staff Working Paper 2015-41 Christian Friedrich, Kristina Hess, Rose Cunningham
Central banks may face challenges in achieving their price stability goals when financial stability risks are present. There is, however, considerable heterogeneity among central banks with respect to how they manage these potential trade-offs.

May 14, 2015 Inflation Dynamics in the Post-Crisis Period

Inflation rates in advanced economies experienced two consecutive puzzles during the period following the global financial crisis—unexpectedly high inflation from the end of 2009 to 2011 and unexpectedly low inflation from 2012 to the middle of 2014. We investigate these developments in two ways. First, we show that accounting for inflation expectations by households explains a significant share of the inflation puzzles at the international level. Second, we find that, for Canada, elevated competition in the retail sector is also important for understanding inflation dynamics in the post-crisis period.

Does Financial Integration Increase Welfare? Evidence from International Household-Level Data

Staff Working Paper 2015-4 Christian Friedrich
Despite a vast empirical literature that assesses the impact of financial integration on the economy, evidence of substantial welfare gains from consumption risk sharing remains elusive. While maintaining the usual cross-country perspective of the literature, this paper explicitly accounts for household heterogeneity and thus relaxes three restrictive assumptions that have featured prominently in the past.

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  • "Macroprudential Policies, Capital Flows, and the Structure of the Banking Sector"
    (with J. Beirne), Journal of International Money and Finance, 75, 47-68, 2017.
  • "Global inflation dynamics in the post-crisis period: What explains the puzzles?"
    Economic Letters, 142, 31-34, May 2016.
  • "Financial integration and growth - Why is Emerging Europe different?"
    (with I. Schnabel and J. Zettelmeyer), Journal of International Economics, 89(2), 522-538, 2013.


  • Ph.D., Graduate Institute Geneva (2013)

Research Interests

  • International Macroeconomics and Finance
  • Microdata
  • Economic Policy


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