Lawrence H. Summers
Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University
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About Professor Summers
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 Director of the National Economic Council for the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2011, Secretary of the Treasury of the United States for the Clinton Administration from 1999 to 2001, Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs and Vice President of Development Economics and Chief Economist of the World Bank.
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 40.
He is currently the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University and the Weil Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. He and his wife Elisa New, a professor of English at Harvard, reside in Brookline with their six children.
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"Will Economy Push Washington To Make A Deal?," Scott Horsley, NPR Morning Edition, June 8, 2012.
"Larry Summers: Europe crisis hit by 'realism failure'," Mark Mardell, BBC News, June 7, 2012.
"Larry Summers: 'We're Killing The Next Generation'," Bonnie Kavoussi, Huffington Post, June 6, 2012.
"Larry Summers Talks Jobs," CNBC, June 4, 2012
"Lawrence Summers on Inequality," American Conversation Essentials, May 30, 2012.
"Summers: Buffett Rule isn't class warfare, it's common sense," Freeland File, May 16, 2012
"Larry Summers: A Greek exit from the euro could be "traumatic," Freeland File, May 16, 2012
"Summers: U.S. faces stagnation similar to Japan's lost decade," Freeland File, May 16, 2012
"Larry Summers: JPMorgan loss proves banks need bigger capital cushion," Freeland File, May 16, 2012
"The Architect of Obamanomics," an interview on the Kudlow Report on CNBC, May 10, 2012. News summary.
U.S. Tax Policy Panel on C-SPAN, May 3, 2012
Can German success extend to the rest of Europe? on the Freeland File with Richard Haass, Council on Foreign Relations president, and Chrystia Freeland, January 27, 2012.
Interview with Charlie Rose (video), July 12, 2011.
Appearance at the HKS Forum with David Gergen (photos), April 5, 2011.
CNBC Interview (video) regarding Japanese earthquake and tsunami, March 11, 2011.
Keynote address at Teach for America Champions Luncheon (video), February 12, 2011.
Appearance on Fareed Zakaria GPS (video), January 13, 2011.
Keynote address at the Harvard Business School Global Summit (pdf), October 15, 2008.
Appearance with former Treasury Secretary James Baker on This Week with George Stephanopoulos (video), October 12, 2008. Show More
Appearance with former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin on The Charlie Rose Show, September 10, 2008. Prepared Testimony House Budget Committee, September 9, 2008.
CNBC Interview regarding foreign purchase of Lehman Brothers, August 22, 2008. (video)
Interview on CBS's GPS hosted by Fareed Zakaria, July 13, 2008.
Interview with Leslie Stahl on CBS News' 60 Minutes, April 7, 2008.
Interview for NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook, April 3, 2008. (audio stream)
Testimony to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress regarding the proposed Fiscal Stimulus Package, January 16, 2008.
The State of the U.S. Economy: Risk of Recession, Prospects for Policy, delivered at the Brookings Institute, December 19, 2007. (also available in Chinese.)
Remarks from the International Tax Forum and Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center: "Who Pays the Corporate Tax in an Open Economy?", December 18, 2007.
Remarks at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on Behavioral Economics, September 28, 2007.
Remarks from the World Bank Treasury Sovereign Investor's Forum, September 11, 2007.
Appearance on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, August 26, 2007.
Appearance on the Charlie Rose Show, August 21, 2007.
Interview on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook, June 18, 2007. (audio via Windows Media Player or Real Player).
Second Annual K B Lall Memorial Lecture delivered at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations ( ICRIER), April 17, 2007 (as delivered, edited for clarity). 2007 Snyder Lecture on higher education, delivered at Tufts University, March 14, 2007. (video, realplayer required)
Testimony delivered at the Hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, Washington, D.C., March 8, 2007 (as prepared)
Testimony delivered at the Hearing of the Joint Economic Committee, Washington, D.C., January 31, 2007. (as prepared)
Remarks at the Hamilton Project and Brookings Institution Forum: Promoting Opportunity and Growth Through Science, Technology and Innovation, December 5, 2006.
Remarks at Opening of Stem Cell Leadership Summit, Boston, October 13, 2006.
"Asia and the Emerging Global Financial System", Asia Society, Hong Kong, September 2006.
"Reflections on Global Account Imbalances and Emerging Markets Reserve Accumulation", L.K. Memorial Lecture, Mumbai, March 24, 2006.
"Look beyond interest rates to get out of the gloom," Financial Times, June 3, 2012.
"Five grim and essential lessons for world leaders," Financial Times, November 2, 2011.
"Why the housing burden stalls America’s economic recovery," Financial Times, October 23, 2011.
"The world must insist that Europe act," Financial Times, September 18, 2011.
"Relief at an agreement will give way to alarm," Financial Times, August 2, 2011.
"Time is of the essence, any US budget deal will do," Financial Times, July 12, 2011.
"How to save the eurozone," Financial Times, June 27, 2011.
"How to avoid our own lost decade," Financial Times, June 12, 2011. Show More
"America’s sensible stance on recovery," Financial Times, July 18, 2010.
Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers, "Our Agenda for the G-20," The Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2010.
"The pendulum swings towards regulation," Financial Times, October 27, 2008.
"Taxpayers can still benefit from a bail-out," Financial Times, September 29, 2008.
"The $700bn bail-out and the budget," Financial Times, September 28, 2008.
"The global consensus on trade is unravelling," Financial Times, August 24, 2008.
"How to build a U.S. recovery," Financial Times, August 7, 2008.
"The way forward for Fannie and Freddie," Financial Times, July 27, 2008.
"What we can do in this dangerous moment," Financial Times, June 29, 2008.
"Six principles for a new regulatory order," Financial Times, June 1, 2008.
"A strategy to promote healthy globalisation," Financial Times, May 4, 2008.
"America needs to make a new case for trade," Financial Times, April 27, 2008.
"Steps that can safeguard America's economy," Financial Times, March 31, 2008.
"America needs a way to stem foreclosures," Financial Times, February 24, 2008.
"Beyond fiscal stimulus, further action is needed," Financial Times, January 27, 2008.
"Wake up to the dangers of a deepening crisis," Financial Times, November 25, 2007.
"How to handle the falling dollar," Financial Times, October 28, 2007.
"Beware moral hazard fundamentalists," Financial Times, September 24, 2007.
"This is where Fannie and Freddie step in," Financial Times, August 26, 2007.
"Funds that shake capitalist logic," Financial Times, July 29, 2007.
"Harness market forces to share prosperity," Financial Times, June 24, 2007.
"Practical steps to climate control," Financial Times, May 28, 2007.
Lawrence H. Summers
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