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Lawrence H. Summers is President Emeritus of
Harvard University. During the past two decades he has served in a
series of senior policy positions, including Vice President of
development economics and chief economist of the World Bank,
Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, Director
of the National Economic Council for the Obama Administration from
2009 to 2011, and Secretary of the Treasury of the United States,
from 1999 to 2001.
He received a bachelor of science degree from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and was awarded a
Ph.D. from Harvard in 1982. In 1983, he became one of the youngest
individuals in recent history to be named as a tenured member of
the Harvard University faculty. In 1987 Mr. Summers became the
first social scientist ever to receive the annual Alan T. Waterman
Award of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and in 1993, he was
awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, given every two years to the
outstanding American economist under the age of
He is currently the Charles W. Eliot University
Professor at Harvard University. He and his wife Elisa New, a
professor of English at Harvard, reside in Brookline with their six
American Economic Policy
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For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.
Selected Publication Citations:
- Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Eggertsson, Gauti B., Neil R. Mehrotra, Sanjay R. Singh, and
Lawrence H. Summers. "A Contagious Malady? Open Economy Dimensions
of Secular Stagnation." MF Economic Review 64.4 (November
Summers, Lawrence H. "Secular Stagnation and Monetary Policy."
Review 98.2 (2nd Quarter 2016): 93-110.
Eggertsson, Gauti B., Neil R. Mehrotra, and Lawrence H. Summers.
"Global Reserve Assets in a Low Interest Rate World: Secular
Stagnation in the Open Economy." The American Economic
Review 106.5 (May 2016).
Mahbubani, Kishore, and Lawrence H. Summers. "The Fusion of
Civilizations: The Case for Global Optimism." Foreign
Affairs 95.3 (May 2016): 126.
Yamey, Gavin, Jesper Sundewall, Helen Saxenian, Robert Hecht, Keely
Jordan, Marco Schäferhoff, Christina Schrade, C. Deleye, M. Thomas,
N. Blanchet, Lawrence H. Summers. "Reorienting Health Aid to Meet
Post-2015 Global Health Challenges: A Case Study of Sweden as a
Donor." Oxford Review of Economic Policy 32.1 (March 2016):
Pritchett, Lant, and Lawrence H. Summers. "Asiaphoria, Meet
Regression to the Mean." Prospects for Asia and the Global
- Book Chapters
Summers, Lawrence H. "2014: US Economic Prospects: Secular
Stagnation, Hysteresis, and the Zero Lower Bound." The Best of
Business Economics. Palgrave McMillan US, 2016, 421-435.
Summers, Lawrence H. Review of The Euro and the Battle of
Ideas, by Brunnermeier, Markus K.. The Times Literary
Supplement, 5936 , January 6, 2017: 11.