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Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson, senior fellow since 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.

Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also cofounder of BaselineScenario.com, 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 a member of the private sector systemic risk council founded by Sheila Bair in 2012, and he helped to found and run the NBER Africa Project.

"For his articulate and outspoken support for public policies to end too-big-to-fail," Johnson was named a Main Street Hero by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) in 2013. Over the past five years, Johnson has published more than 300 high impact pieces in the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New Republic, BusinessWeek, the Huffington Post, the Financial Times, and Project Syndicate.

Johnson's article "The Quiet Coup" received over a million views when it appeared in the Atlantic in early 2009. His book 13 Bankers: the Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown (with James Kwak) was an immediate bestseller and has become one of the mostly highly regarded books on the financial crisis. Their follow-up book on US fiscal policy, White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters for You, won praise across the political spectrum.

Johnson holds a BA in economics and politics from the University of Oxford, an MA in economics from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in economics from MIT.

IMPORTANT: For any media requests to Professor Johnson please be sure to copy Michelle Fiorenza: fiorenza@mit.edu.