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Famed Israeli economist, Michael Bruno, 64, is dead

JERUSALEM, Dec. 26 (JTA) — Michael Bruno, a former Bank of Israel governor credited with helping stabilize the Israeli economy, has died. He was 64. An Israel Prize laureate, Bruno held a number of key economic posts and was a member of the group that formulated the Israeli government’s economic stabilization policy from 1988 to 1991. Bruno came to Palestine a year after he was born in Hamburg, Germany. He studied mathematics and economics at Cambridge University and Stanford University. Bruno was a member of Hebrew University’s department of economics and served, until recently, as vice president and chief economist of the World Bank. He served as a visiting professor at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of London and Stockholm University. He also was an adviser to the governments of Mexico, Yugoslavia and Poland.