Simon Johnson - Biography

Simon Johnson, who is a professor of entrepreneurship at MIT's Sloan School of Management and a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, is co-author of the book "White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You."

Johnson is a co-founder of the blog,, a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers, and a member of the FDIC's systemic resolution advisory committee. He also served as chief economist at the International Monetary Fund in 2007 and 2008.

Over the past two decades, he has worked on research and business projects in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, East Asia and South America; he is currently co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research's Africa Project. He has a bachelor's degree from Oxford and a doctorate in economics from M.I.T. He lives in Washington.

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