After receiving his PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993, Alfred Guender joined the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His research focuses on theoretical and empirical monetary policy issues.
He has been a visiting scholar in the Research Department of the Bank of Finland, the German Bundesbank, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Swiss National Bank, and the Bank of Estonia. He has taught at several overseas universities: Frankfurt, North Carolina, and the Free University of Berlin where he held the Bundesbank Foundation Chair in 2010. In 2013 he was an Erasmus Mundus scholar at the University of Antwerp.
At the University of Canterbury, Assoc. Professor Guender lectures on monetary economics and macroeconomics. He is the author (with Richard Froyen) of Optimal Monetary Policy under Uncertainty (2008, second edition 2018), a text which analyses developments in the field over the past 40 years.