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SIMON JOHNSON is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is head of the Global Economics and Management group. In 2007-08 he was chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, and he currently co-chairs the CFA Institute® Systemic Risk Council. In February 2021, Johnson joined the board of directors of Fannie Mae.

Johnson’s most recent book, with Jon Gruber, Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream, explains how to create millions of good new jobs around the U.S., through renewed public investment in research and development. This proposal has attracted bipartisan support.

Johnson was previously a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., a cofounder of, and a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee. From July 2014 to 2017, Johnson was a member of the Financial Research Advisory Committee of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Financial Research (OFR), within which he chaired the Global Vulnerabilities Working Group.

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 U.S. fiscal policy, White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters for You, won praise across the political spectrum. Johnson’s academic research on economic development, corporate finance, political economy, and public health is widely cited.

“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.

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Simon Johnson and Kristin Forbes have recently been appointed to the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers

Johnson wins Jamieson Prize


Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity.

Acemoglu, Daron and Simon Johnson. Hachette Book Group, Forthcoming.

"Place-based Productivity and Costs in Science."

Gruber, Jonathan, Simon Johnson, and Enrico Moretti, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6638-21. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, September 2022.

"Transitioning out of the Coronavirus Lockdown: A Framework for Zone-Based Social Distancing."

Friedman, Eric, John Friedman, Simon Johnson, and Adam Landsberg, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6097-20. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, April 2020.

​Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream.

Gruber, Jonathan, and Simon Johnson. New York, NY: Public Affairs, 2019.

"What Countries and Companies Can Do When Trade and Cybersecurity Overlap."

Madnick, Stuart, Simon Johnson, and Keman Huang. Harvard Business Review, January 4, 2019.

The Impact of Blockchain Technology on Finance: A Catalyst for Change.

Casey, Michael, Jonah Crane, Gary Gensler, Simon Johnson, and Neha Narula. Geneva, Switzerland: Center for Economic Policy Research, 2018.

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