Simon Johnson (economist)

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Simon H. Johnson
Born (1963-01-16) January 16, 1963 (age 51)
Nationality British
Field political economy, development economics
Alma mater MIT (Ph.D.)
University of Manchester (M.A.)
University of Oxford (B.A.)
Information at IDEAS/RePEc

Simon H. Johnson (born January 16, 1963)[1] is a British American economist. He is the Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management[2] and a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.[3] He has held a wide variety of academic and policy-related positions, including Professor of Economics at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.[4] From March 2007 through the end of August 2008, he was Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund.[5]

He is author, with James Kwak, of the 2010 book 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown (ISBN 978-0307379054), with whom he has also co-founded and regularly contributes to the economics blog The Baseline Scenario.[6]


Johnson earned a Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1989 with thesis titled Inflation, intermediation and economic activity,[7] and holds M.A. from the University of Manchester, and his B.A. is from the University of Oxford.[citation needed]


Among other positions he is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research.[8] He is also a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers.[5] From 2006 to 2007 he was a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, where he is currently a senior fellow.[5] He is on the editorial board of four academic economics journals.[5] He has contributed to Project Syndicate since 2007.

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Business positions
Preceded by
Raghuram Rajan
IMF Chief Economist
Succeeded by
Olivier Blanchard