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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]

Simon Johnson
Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund
In office
March 2007 – August 31, 2008
PresidentRodrigo Rato
Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Preceded byRaghuram Rajan
Succeeded byOlivier Blanchard
Personal details
Born (1963-01-16) January 16, 1963 (age 56)
EducationUniversity of Oxford (BA)
University of Manchester (MA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD)
Academic career
FieldPolitical economy
Development economics
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

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's first degree was a BA from the University of Oxford, which was followed by an MA from the University of Manchester,[citation needed] and finally in 1989 he earned a Ph.D. in economics from MIT, with a dissertation entitled Inflation, intermediation, and economic activity.[7]


Among other positions he is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research,[8] and a member of the International Advisory Council at the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE). 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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