Simon Johnson

Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship
Professor of Global Economics and Management

Biography | Selected Publications

“Disease and Development: A Reply to Bloom, Canning, and Fink.” Acemoglu, Daron, and Simon H. Johnson (December 2014). Journal of Political Economy, 122(6): 1367-1375.

"Forty Years of Leverage: What Have We Learned about Sovereign Debt?" Boone, Peter, and Simon H. Johnson (May 2014). American Economic Review, 104(5): 266-271.

“Ending ‘Too Big To Fail’: Government Promises Versus Investor Perceptions.” Gormley, Todd, Changyong Rhee, and Simon H. Johnson. Review of Finance, 19(2). (2014)

“Financial Services in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.” Johnson, Simon H., and Jeffrey Schott (October 2013). Peterson Institute for International Economics, Policy Brief, PB13-26.

“Governing the Federal Reserve After the Dodd-Frank Act.” Conti-Brown, Peter, Simon H. Johnson (October 2013). Peterson Institute for International Economics, Policy Brief, PB13-25.

“Is Newer Better? Penn World Tables Revisions and Their Impact on Growth Estimates.” Johnson, Simon H., William Larson, Chris Papageorgiou, and Arvind Subramanian (March 2013). Journal of Monetary Economics, 60(2): 255–274.

“Policy Advice and Actions during the Asian and Global Financial Crises.” Johnson, Simon H., and James Kwak (2013). Published in a joint PIIE-ADB volume. (2013)

“Systemic Lack of Prudence in Wealthy Countries.” Boone, Peter, and Simon H. Johnson. In Woo, Wing, Yingli Pan, Jeffrey D. Sachs, and Jinhui Qian (eds.) Financial Systems at the Crossroads, 2013.

“Hither Thou Shalt Come But No Further: ‘Reply to The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation; Comment.’” Johnson, Simon H. (October 2012). American Economic Review

White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, The National Debt, and Why It Matters To You. Johnson, Simon H., and James Kwak. Pantheon Books, New York, April 2012.

“The European Crisis Deepens.” Boone, Peter, and Simon H. Johnson (January 2012). Peterson Institute for International Economics, Policy Brief 12-4.

“The Consequences of Radical Reform: The French Revolution.” Acemoglu, Daron, Davide Cantoni, Simon H. Johnson, and James Robinson (December 2011). American Economic Review, 101(7): 3286–3307.

“Europe on the Brink.” Boone, Peter, and Simon H. Johnson (July 2011). Peterson Institute for International Economics, Policy Brief, PB11-13.

“The Prospects for Sustained Growth in Africa: Benchmarking the Constraints.” Johnson, Simon H., Jonathan Ostry and Arvind Subramanian (August 2010). IMF Staff Papers, 57(1).

“Will the politics of global moral hazard sink us again?” Boone, Peter, Simon H. Johnson. Chapter 10 in The Future of Finance: The LSE Report, Center for Economic Performance, London School of Economics, July 2010.

13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and The Next Financial Meltdown. Johnson, Simon H., and James Kwak. Pantheon Books, New York, March 2010.

“Shooting Banks.” Boone, Peter, and Simon H. Johnson. The New Republic, February 2010.

“From Ancien Regime to Capitalism: The Spread of the French Revolution as a Natural Experiment.” Acemoglu, Daron, Davide Cantoni, Simon H. Johnson, and James Robinson. In Diamond, Jared, and James Robinson (eds.), Natural Experiments of History. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA, 2010.

From Ancien Regime to Capitalism: The Spread of the French Revolution as a Natural Experiment (2010)

Is Newer Better? Penn World Tables Revisions and Their Impact on Growth Estimates (2010)

Macrofinancial Linkages: Trends, Crises, and Policies. Crowe, Christopher W., Simon H. Johnson, Jonathan D. Ostry, and Jeromin Zettelmeyer. International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, 2010.

The Consequences of Radical Reform: The French Revolution (2010)

The Value of Political Connections in the United States (2010)

Too Big To Fail: Government Policy vs. Investor Perceptions (2010)

“Re-evaluating the Modernization Hypothesis.” Acemoglu, Daron, Simon H. Johnson, James Robinson, and Pierre Yared (November 2009). Journal of Monetary Economics, 56(8): 1043-1058.

“The Next Financial Crisis – It’s Coming and We Just Made It Worse.” Johnson, Simon H.The New Republic, September 2009.

“Determinants of Vertical Integration: Financial Development and Contracting Costs.” Acemoglu, Daron, Simon Johnson, and Todd Mitton (June 2009). Journal of Finance, 64(3): 1251-1290.

“The Quiet Coup.” Johnson, Simon H. Atlantic Monthly, May 2009.

“Breaking Out of the Pocket: Do Health Interventions Work? Which and in What Sense?” Boone, Peter, and Simon H. Johnson. Chapter 3, pp. 55-90, in Cohen, Jessica, and Bill Easterly (eds.), What Works in Development? Thinking Big and Thinking Small. Brookings Institution Press, Washington DC, 2009.

"Comment on When Does Improving Health Raise GDP?" Johnson, Simon H. NBER Macroeconomics Annual, 2008.

“Income and Democracy.” Acemoglu, Daron, Simon H. Johnson, James Robinson, and Pierre Yared (2008). American Economic Review, 98(3): 808-842. (2008)

“Mixing Family with Business: A study of Thai business groups and the families behind them.” Bertrand, Marianne, Simon H. Johnson, Krislert Samphantharak, and Antoinette Schoar (2008). Journal of Financial Economics, 466-498. (2008)

“When Does Policy Reform Work? The Case of Central Bank Independence.” Acemoglu, Daron, Simon H. Johnson, Pablo Querubín, and James Robinson (Spring 2008). Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 351-429.

“Malaysian Capital Controls: An Assessment.” Johnson, Simon H., Kalpana Kochhar, Todd Mitton, and Natalia Tamirisa. In Edwards, Sebastian (ed.), Capital Controls and Capital Flows in Emerging Economies: Policies, Practices, and Consequences. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, May 2007.

“Disease and Development: The Effect of Life Expectancy on Growth.” Acemoglu, Daron, and Simon H. Johnson (2007). Journal of Political Economy, 115(6): 925-985. (2007)

“Understanding Prosperity and Poverty: Geography, Institutions, and the Reversal of Fortune.” Acemoglu, Daron, Simon H. Johnson, and James Robinson. Chapter 2 in Banerjee, Abhijit, Roland Benabou, and Dilip Mookherjee (eds.). Understanding Poverty. Oxford University Press, April 2006.

“Levers for Growth.” Johnson, Simon H., Jonathan Ostry and Arvind Subramanian. Finance and Development, March 2006, 28-31.

“Helping Reforms Deliver Growth in Latin America.” Johnson, Simon H., and Liliana Rojas-Suarez (eds.). Task Force Report, Center for Global Development, Washington DC, 2006.

“Unbundling Institutions.” Acemoglu, Daron, and Simon H. Johnson (October 2005). Journal of Political Economy, 113(5): 949-995.

“The Rise of Europe: Atlantic Trade, Institutional Change, and Economic Growth.” Acemoglu, Daron, Simon H. Johnson, and James Robinson (June 2005). American Economic Review, 95(3): 546-579.

“From Education to Democracy?” Acemoglu, Daron, Simon H. Johnson, James Robinson, and Pierre Yared (May 2005). American Economic Review, 95(2): 44-49.

“Institutions as the Fundamental Cause of Long-Run Growth.” Acemoglu, Daron, Simon H. Johnson, and James Robinson. Chapter 6, pp. 385-472, in Aghion, Philippe, and Steven Durlauf (eds.), Handbook of Economic Growth, vol. 1, part A. 2005

“Institutions, Volatility, and Crises.” Acemoglu, Daron, Simon H. Johnson, and James Robinson. In Ito, Takatoshi, and Andrew K. Rose (eds.), Growth and Productivity in East Asia, NBER-East Asia Seminar on Economics Volume 13, 2004. (2004)

“Small Enterprises and Economic Policy.” Åslund, Anders, and Simon H. Johnson (2004). Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Discussion Paper. (2004)

“Propping and Tunnelling.” Friedman, Eric, Simon H. Johnson, and Todd Mitton (September 2003). Journal of Comparative Economics, 31(4): 732-750.

“Disease and Development in Historical Perspective.” Acemoglu, Daron, Simon H. Johnson, and James Robinson (April 2003). Journal of the European Economic Association, 1(2-3): 397-405.

“Cronyism and Capital Controls: Evidence from Malaysia.” Johnson, Simon H., and Todd Mitton (February 2003). Journal of Financial Economics, 67(2): 351-382.

“Institutional Causes, Macroeconomic Symptoms: Volatility, Crises and Growth.” Acemoglu, Daron, Simon H. Johnson, Jim Robinson, and Yunyong Thaicharoen (January 2003). Journal of Monetary Economics, 50(1): 49-123.

“An Africa Success Story: Botswana.” Acemoglu, Daron, Simon H. Johnson, and Jim Robinson. In Dani Rodrik (ed.), In Search of Prosperity: Analytical Development Narratives. Princeton University Press, 2003.

“Institutions, Corporate Governance, and Crises.” Acemoglu, Daron, and Simon H. Johnson. Chapter 13, pp. 327-346, in Cornelius, Peter K., and Bruce Kogut (eds.), Corporate Governance and Capital Flows in a Global Economy, 2003. (2003)

“Privatization and Corporate Governance.” Johnson, Simon H., and Andrei Shleifer. In Ito, Takatoshi, and Anne O. Krueger (eds.) Privatization, Corporate Governance and Transition Economies, East Asia Seminar on Economics Volume 12. The University of Chicago Press (for the NBER), 2003.

“The Emergence of Temporal Correlations in a Study of Global Economic Interdependence.” Friedman, Eric, Simon H. Johnson, and Adam Landsberg (2003). Quantitative Finance, 3(4): 296-305. (2003)

“Courts and Relational Contracts.” Johnson, Simon H., John McMillan, and Chris Woodruff (April 2002). Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 18(1): 221-277.

“Property Rights and Finance.” Johnson, Simon H., John McMillan, and Chris Woodruff (December 2002). American Economic Review, 92(5):1335-1356.

“Reversal of Fortune: Geography and Institutions in the Making of the Modern World Income Distribution.” Acemoglu, Daron, Simon H. Johnson, and Jim Robinson (November 2002). Quarterly Journal of Economics, CXVII(4): 1231-1294.

Review of “Corporate Financing and Governance in Japan: The Road to the Future.” Johnson, Simon H. (2002). By Hoshi, Takeo and Anil Kashyap. Journal of International Economics, 60(2): 501-503. (2002)

“The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation.” Acemoglu, Daron, Simon H. Johnson, and Jim Robinson (December 2001). American Economic Review, 91(5): 1369-1401.

“Coase versus the Coasians.” Glaeser, Edward, Simon H. Johnson, and Andrei Shleifer (August 2001). Quarterly Journal of Economics, CXVI(3): 853-900.

“Escaping the Under-Reform Trap.” Åslund, Anders, Peter Boone, and Simon H. Johnson (2001). IMF Staff Papers, 48: 88-108. (2001)

“Institutions and the Underground Economy.” Johnson, Simon H., and Daniel Kaufmann. In Havrylyshyn, Oleh, and Saleh M. Nsouli (eds.), A Decade of Transition: Achievements and Challenges, IMF Institute, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, 212-228, 2001.

“Coase and the Reform of Securities Markets.” Johnson, Simon H. In Rosengren, Eric S., and John S. Jordan (eds.), Building an Infrastructure for Financial Stability. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Conference Series No. 44, June 2000, 187-204.

“Why do Firms Hide? Bribes and Unofficial Activity After Communism.” Johnson, Simon H., Daniel Kaufmann, John McMillan, and Chris Woodruff (June 2000). Journal of Public Economics, 76(3): 495-520.

“Tunneling.” Johnson, Simon H., Rafael La Porta, Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, and Andrei Shleifer (May 2000). American Economic Review, 90(2), Papers and Proceedings of the One Hundred Twelfth Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association: 22-27. 

“Entrepreneurs and the Ordering of Institutional Reform: Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine Compared.” Johnson, Simon H., John McMillan and Christopher Woodruff (March 2000). Economics of Transition, 8(1): 1-36.

“Corporate Governance in the Asian Financial Crisis.” Boone, Peter, Alasdair Breach, Eric Friedman, and Simon H. Johnson (October/November 2000). Journal of Financial Economics, 58(1-2): 141-186.

“Dodging the Grabbing Hand: Determinants of Unofficial Activity in 69 countries.” Friedman, Eric, Simon H. Johnson, Daniel Kaufmann, and Pablo Zoido-Lobaton (2000). Journal of Public Economics, 76(3): 459-493. (2000)

“Observations on Corporate Governance in the Asian Crisis.” Johnson, Simon H. In Bisignano, Joseph R., William C. Hunter, and George G. Kaufman (eds.), Global Financial Crises: Lessons from Recent Events. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston/Dordrecht/London, 297-306, 2000.

“Coase and Corporate Governance in Latin America.” Johnson, Simon H., and Andrei Shleifer. In Abante: Studies in Business Management (Chile), Vol. 2, No. 2, October 1999/April 2000, 113-131.

“Institutions and Prospects for a Currency Board in Russia: Perspectives on a Deepening Crisis.” Boone, Peter, Alasdair Breach, and Simon H. Johnson (September 1998). Post-Soviet Geography and Economics, 39(7): 371-378.

“Regulatory Discretion and Corruption.” Johnson, Simon H., Daniel Kaufmann and Pablo Zoido-Lobaton (May 1998). American Economic Review, 88(2): 387-392. 

“On Reform Intensity Under Uncertainty.” Johnson, Simon H., Panos Kouvelis, and Vikas Sinha (December 1997). Journal of Comparative Economics, 25(3): 297-321.

"Dynamic Monotonicity and Comparative Statics for Real Options.” Friedman, Eric, and Simon H. Johnson (July 1997). Journal of Economic Theory, 75(1): 104-121.

“Formal Employment and Survival Strategies After Communism.” Johnson, Simon H., Daniel Kaufmann and Oleg Ustenko. In Nelson, Joan M., Charles Tilly, and Lee Walker (eds.), Transforming Post-Communist Political Economies. National Academy of Sciences, 1997.

“The Unofficial Economy in Transition.” Johnson, Simon H., Daniel Kaufmann and Andrei Shleifer (Fall 1997). Brookings Papers on Economic Activity

“Complementarities and Economic Reform.” Friedman, Eric, and Simon H. Johnson (October 1996). Economics of Transition, 4(2): 319-329.

Complementarities and Economic Reform (1996)

"Complementarities and the Managerial Challenges of State Enterprise Restructuring: Evidence from Two Shipyards." Johnson, Simon H., Gary Loveman and David Kotchen (1996). Economics of Transition, 4(1): 31-42. (1996)

"How to Stabilize: Lessons from Post-Communist Countries." Åslund, Anders, Peter Boone, Simon H. Johnson (1996). Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 1: 217-313. (1996)

"The Acquisition of Private Property Rights in Ukrainian Agriculture." Beddoes, Zanny Minton, and Simon H. Johnson. In McMillan, Joan M., and Barry Naughton (eds.), Reforming Asian Socialism: The Growth of Market Institutions. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 1996.

"How One Polish Shipyard Became a Market Competitor." Johnson, Simon H., and Gary Loveman. Harvard Business Review, November/December 1995.

"Starting Over: Poland After Communism." Johnson, Simon H., and Gary Loveman. Harvard Business Review, March/April 1995.

"Employment and Unemployment After Communism." Johnson, Simon H. In Edward Lazear (ed.), Economic Transition in Eastern Europe and Russia: Realities of Reform. Hoover Institution Press, 1995.

Starting Over in Eastern Europe: Entrepreneurship and Economic Renewal. Johnson, Simon H., and Gary Loveman. Harvard Business School Press, 1995.

Managing Business Enterprises After Communism. Johnson, Simon H., Gary Loveman, and David Kotchen. Harvard Business School Publishing, 1994.

"Poland: The Political Economy of Shock Therapy." Johnson, Simon H., and Marzena Kowalska. In Haggard, Stephan, and Steven B. Webb (eds.), Voting for Reform. Oxford University Press, 1994.

"Private Business in Eastern Europe." Johnson, Simon H. In Blanchard, Olivier J., Kenneth A. Froot and Jeffrey D. Sachs (eds.), The Transition in Eastern Europe, Volume 2: Restructuring. University of Chicago Press, 1994.

"Private Sector Development in Poland: Shock Therapy and Starting Over." Johnson, Simon H., and Gary Loveman (Winter 1994). Comparative Economic Studies, 36(4): 173-183.

"The Macroeconomics of NEP." Johnson, Simon H., and Peter Temin (November 1993). Economic History Review, 46(4): 750-767.

"New Commercial Banks in the Former Soviet Union. How Do They Operate?" Johnson, Simon H., Heidi Kroll and Mark Horton. In Åslund, Anders, and Richard Layard (eds.), Changing the Economic System in Russia. Pinter Publishers, London, 1993.

"Did Socialism Fail in Poland?" Johnson, Simon H. (Fall 1991). Comparative Economic Studies, 33(3): 127-151.

"Managerial Strategies for Spontaneous Privatization." Johnson, Simon H., and Heidi Kroll (1991). Soviet Economy, 7(4): 281-316. (1991)

The Collected Papers of Franco Modigliani: Monetary Theory and Stabilization Policies. Abel, Andrew, and Simon H. Johnson (eds.). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1989.

The Collected Papers of Franco Modigliani: Saving, Deficits, Inflation, and Financial Theory. Johnson, Simon H., and Andrew Abel. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1980.

“Coase and the Reform of Securities Markets.” Johnson, Simon H. (Spring 2002). International Economic Journal, 16(1): 1-20.

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