Simon Johnson

Senior Fellow (on leave)

Simon Johnson (on leave) has been a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since 2008. He is also the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is head of the Global Economics and Management group, a member of the Executive Personnel Committee, and chair of the Sloan Fellows MBA Program Committee. He cofounded and currently leads the popular Global Entrepreneurship Lab (GLAB) course, working with start-up companies around the world.

Johnson is also a cofounder of, a member of the FDIC's Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee since its inception, and a member of the private sector Systemic Risk Council since it was founded by Sheila Bair in 2012. In July 2014, he joined the Financial Research Advisory Committee of the US Treasury's Office of Financial Research (OFR). From April 2009 to April 2015, he was a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers.

Johnson was named a Main Street Hero by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) in 2013 "for his articulate and outspoken support for public policies to end too-big-to-fail." In April 2015, the Washington Examiner placed Johnson at number 11 on their list of New Voices for 2015.

Over the past seven years, Johnson has published more than 300 high impact pieces in the New York Times, Bloomberg, Washington PostWall Street JournalAtlanticNew RepublicBusinessWeekHuffington PostFinancial 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.

From March 2007 through the end of August 2008, Johnson was the International Monetary Fund's Economic Counsellor (chief economist) and Director of its Research Department. He also helped to found and run the Africa Project at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has four volumes forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.

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 or appointment requests to Professor Johnson please be sure to copy Michelle Fiorenza: [email protected].


Recent Content

Past Event

Jonathan Gruber (MIT) and Simon Johnson (MIT and PIIE)

April 29, 2019
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Arvind Subramanian (PIIE), Anu Madgavkar (MGI), Simon Johnson (PIIE), Cullen S. Hendrix (PIIE) and Nancy Birdsall (President Emeritus, Center for Global Development)

October 17, 2018
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Simon Johnson (PIIE), Gary Gensler (MIT Sloan School of Management), Martin Chorzempa (PIIE) and Caroline Atkinson (Former Head of Global Policy at Google)

September 26, 2018