Posted by Michel Lazare
It is with deep sadness that PFM Blog announces the passing of Richard Goode on July 18, 2010. Richard Goode was a distinguished economist, whose writings on tax issues and fiscal policy in developing countries have had a long-lasting influence.
Richard Goode was the First Director of the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD), which he headed from 1965 until his retirement in 1981. He largely contributed to making FAD, what it is today: a leading source of expertise on fiscal policy and fiscal institutions.
Most of all, Richard Goode is still remembered in FAD for his immense human qualities.
We are publishing below a copy of the e-mail that Professor Stephen Gardner circulated earlier this week about the life and accomplishments of Richard Goode, as well as reflections from John Lipsky (the IMF's First Deputy Managing Director), Jim Boughton (the former IMF historian), and Vito Tanzi (former FAD's Director) on the life and contributions of Richard Goode.
Professor Stephen Gardner also conducted a long oral history interview of Richard Goode in 1998. His transcript can be found in clicking on the following link: http://bearspace.baylor.edu/Steve_Gardner/web/Goode_Interview_1998.pdf