About Simon Johnson

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Prof. Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., a co-founder of BaselineScenario.com (a much cited website on the global economy), a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers, and a member of the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the private sector systemic risk council founded and chaired by Sheila Bair in 2012.

Prof. Johnson is a weekly contributor to NYT.com's Economix, is a regular Bloomberg columnist, has a monthly article with Project Syndicate that runs in publications around the world, and has published high impact opinion pieces recently in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Republic, BusinessWeek, and The Financial Times, among other places. In January 2010, he joined The Huffington Post as contributing business editor.

Professor Johnson is the co-author, with James Kwak, of 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown, a bestselling assessment of the dangers now posed by the US financial sector (published March 2010) and White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You (April 2012).

In his roles as a professor, research fellow and author, Professor Johnson's speaking engagements include paid appearances before various business groups, including financial institutions and other companies, as well before other groups that may have a political agenda. From March 2007 through the end of August 2008, Prof. Johnson was the International Monetary Fund's Economic Counsellor (chief economist) and Director of its Research Department. He is a co-director of the NBER Africa Project, and works with non-profits and think tanks around the world.

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Tips for Graduating College Students: 'Do What You Love' (VIDEOS)

Tips for Graduating College Students: ‘Do What You Love’ (VIDEOS)

May 22, 2014 with

Make enough money to help the powerless & don’t just do business with your friends

'We Cannot Kid Ourselves' About America's Scary Debt (VIDEO)

‘We Cannot Kid Ourselves’ About America’s Scary Debt (VIDEO)

February 4, 2014 with

Treasury Secretary urges Congress to raise debt limit by end of month as US nears debt limit; will today’s generation be ‘Generation IOU?’

AIG to Sue Feds for Bailout After Partaking in 'Gambling Casino'? (VIDEO)

AIG to Sue Feds for Bailout After Partaking in ‘Gambling Casino’? (VIDEO)

January 9, 2013 with

AIG may seek $25B in damages, lawmakers fume; economics expert says financial sector needs to be more accountable

Fiscal Cliff Averted: How to Get the U.S. Out of Debt (VIDEO)

Fiscal Cliff Averted: How to Get the U.S. Out of Debt (VIDEO)

January 2, 2013 with

Next big fight could be over debt ceiling; former IMF chief economist on how responsible growth is key to being debt-free

Making the Financial Sector Accountable (VIDEO)

Making the Financial Sector Accountable (VIDEO)

October 16, 2012 with

Former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson says young people have most to lose in this economy

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