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Areas of Expertise

  • Asia
  • Capital Markets
  • Corruption
  • Dollar
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Euro
  • Europe
  • European Union
  • Exchange Rates
  • Financial Crises
  • G-20
  • IMF
  • International Monetary System
  • International Political Economy
  • Monetary Policy
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • US Economic Policy

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson, senior fellow from September 2008, was previously the International Monetary Fund's Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department (2007–08). At the IMF, Professor Johnson led the global economic outlook team, helped formulate innovative responses to worldwide financial turmoil, and was among the first to propose new forms of engagement for sovereign wealth funds. He was also the first IMF chief economist to have a blog.

Professor Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT's Sloan School of Management, a position he has held since 2004. His previous appointments include Assistant Director in the IMF's Research Department (2004–06) and visiting fellow at the Institute (2006–07). He is also a member of the FDIC's Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee, the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers, the private sector systemic risk council founded and chaired by Sheila Bair in 2012 and cofounder of the website

As an academic, in policy roles, and with the private sector, over the past 20 years Professor Johnson has worked on practical strategies for dealing with major economic disruptions in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa, East Asia, and Latin America. His current research focuses on financial and economic crises and how policymakers can limit the impact of negative shocks, manage the risks faced by their countries, and sustain growth. Johnson is the coauthor, 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 (March 2010) and White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt and Why it Matters to You (April 2012).

IMPORTANT: For any media requests to Professor Johnson, please be sure to copy Michelle Fiorenza: