Citigroup said on Monday that it has hired Willem Buiter, a professor at the London School of Economics, as its chief economist, effective January 2010. Mr. Buiter will replace Lewis Alexander in Citiâs top economics post, in which he will head the firmâs economics research unit and join the management team of Citigroupâs Citi Investment Analysis and Research group. âWe are delighted that we have been able to attract a thought leader of Willemâs experience and track record to our global platform,â Andrew Pitt, the global head of Citi Investment Research & Analysis, said in a statement. Currently a professor of political economy at the L.S.E., a well-known economics commentator and blogger and a consultant to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Buiter previously held posts at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development and the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of New England. âAs one of the worldâs most distinguished macroeconomists, Willemâs deep knowledge of global markets and economies, and emerging markets economies in particular, will be invaluable to our clients,â Hamid Biglari, Citi vice chairman, said in a statement. http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/30/citigroup-hires-buiter-as-new-chief-economist/ Anyone reads his blog? Is he a smart guy?