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Donald Lessard

Donald Lessard

Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management, Emeritus

Department: Professor of Global Economics and Management, Emeritus; Professor of Engineering Systems, Emeritus

Contact: (617) 253-6688, dlessard@mit.edu

Expertise: Capital budgeting; Corporate strategy and policy; Developing countries, economics; Energy; Executive Education; Foreign investment; Global business practices; Globalization; Green industries; Industrial partnerships; International finance; International management; Latin America; Management Education; Mergers and acquisitions; Mexico; Non-market strategy; Oil; Risk management; Strategic management; Sustainability; Taiwan

Deborah Lucas

Deborah Lucas

Sloan Distinguished Professor of Finance

Contact: (617) 715-4816, dlucas@mit.edu

Expertise: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; federal budget; federal credit programs; government financial institutions; pensions; Social Security; student loans; valuation

Robert Pozen

Robert Pozen

Department: Visiting Senior Lecturer

Contact: (617) 715-4813, bobpozen@mit.edu

Peter Senge

Peter Senge

Department: Senior Lecturer, Leadership and Sustainability

Contact: (617) 253-1575, psenge@mit.edu

Expertise: Africa; China; Organizational change; Organizational learning

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Podcasts & Video

Intellectual Capital: Simon Johnson on the Financial Crisis

By now, the global financial crisis is something we're becoming all too familiar with. But knowing about it and knowing what to do about it are two distinctly different things. In this exclusive podcast, MIT Sloan economics expert Professor Simon Johnson provides studied insights on what the government and financial institutions need to do to turn things around. For Johnson, who recently returned to MIT after serving as chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, proper policy is a key step towards setting things right, as is strong, decisive, coordinated action.

Intellectual Capital: Simon Johnson on the Financial Crisis, Part 2: 10/21/08

By now, the global financial crisis is something we're becoming all too familiar with. But knowing about it and knowing what to do about it are two distinctly different things. In this exclusive podcast, MIT Sloan economics expert Professor Simon Johnson provides studied insights on what the government and financial institutions need to do to turn things around. For Johnson, who recently returned to MIT after serving as chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, proper policy is a key step towards setting things right, as is strong, decisive, coordinated action.

Intellectual Capital: Simon Johnson on the Financial Crisis, Part 3: 11/13/08

By now, the global financial crisis is something we're becoming all too familiar with. But knowing about it and knowing what to do about it are two distinctly different things. In this exclusive podcast, MIT Sloan economics expert Professor Simon Johnson provides studied insights on what the government and financial institutions need to do to turn things around. For Johnson, who recently returned to MIT after serving as chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, proper policy is a key step towards setting things right, as is strong, decisive, coordinated action.

Bridging the knowledge gap on governments as financial institutions – Deborah Lucas

Ask most finance experts about the “world’s largest financial institutions,” and you’ll hear names like Citigroup, ICBC (China’s largest bank) and HSBC. However, governments top the list of large financial institutions, with investment and insurance operations that dwarf those of any private enterprise. For instance, last year the U.S. federal government made almost all student loans and backed over 97% of newly originated mortgages. Add to that Uncle Sam’s lending activities for agriculture, small business, energy and trade, plus its provision of insurance for private pensions and deposits, and you’ll discover it’s an $18-trillion financial institution. By comparison, JP Morgan Chase, the largest U.S. bank, had assets totaling about $2.4 trillion. While government practices differ across countries, the basic story is much the same everywhere. As the world’s largest and most interconnected financial institutions — and through their activities as rule-makers and regulators — governments have an enormous influence on … Read More »The post Bridging the knowledge gap on governments as financial institutions – Deborah Lucas appeared first on MIT Sloan Experts.

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