Areas of Expertise

  • Asia
  • Capital Markets
  • Corruption
  • Dollar
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Euro
  • Europe
  • European Union
  • Exchange Rates
  • Financial Crises
  • G-20
  • IMF
  • International Monetary System
  • International Political Economy
  • Monetary Policy
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • US Economic Policy

Senior Research Staff

Simon Johnson

Media Appearances

Diane Rehm Show
Debate Over Proposed Global Trade Agreements
Audio | December 17, 2013
Simon Johnson discusses the pros and cons of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and what lessons can be drawn from NAFTA.

Bloomberg TV
Simon Johnson on Japanese Growth, Global Economy
Video | June 3, 2013
Simon Johnson discusses the economic challenges facing Japan and his recent testimony before the US Senate Budget Committee.

Charlie Rose Show
Update on Cyprus Debt Crisis
Video | March 19, 2013

The Wall Street Journal
Four Financial Books for Summer Reading
March 9, 2013
The Wall Street Journal calls White House Burning by Simon Johnson and James Kwak a "page-turner," recommending it as a top financial book for summer reading.

NPR's All Things Considered
EU Votes to Have a Single Regulator for Its Banks
Audio with transcript | December 13, 2012
Nicolas Véron tells NPR the move to a single regulator for banks in the European Union is truly a significant and transformational step. Simon Johnson adds that for the first time in nearly a hundred years, regulators, not politicians, will have the most influence on the banks.

Diane Rehm Show
New Testimony and More Questions in the Interest Rate Rigging Scandal
Audio | July 17, 2012
Simon Johnson explains that Barclays could not have rigged the LIBOR rate by itself. He says the firm is merely the low-hanging fruit for authorities investigating this big, collusive scandal.

NPR's Morning Edition
Euro Currency Still Faring Well, For Now
Interview with article | July 11, 2012
Simon Johnson explains why he still thinks the collapse of the euro is a distinct possibility.

NPR's All Things Considered
What Does LIBOR Mean to the United States?
Interview with article | July 7, 2012
Simon Johnson tells NPR that the LIBOR reporting structure has given banks an incentive and an opportunity to use lying as a systematic approach to reporting on interest rates. Listen to related interview.

Voice of America
Greece Eurozone Exit Would Be Felt Worldwide
Video with article | May 31, 2012
Simon Johnson explains that because the European Union is more than a quarter of the world's economic output, their mismanagement of the euro crisis could have dire implications for many countries.

'Dire Consequences' If Greece Exits Euro
Audio with transcript | May 17, 2012
Simon Johnson tells NPR's John Ydstie that the bank run in Greece paired with Greece's inability to form a government could force a disorderly exit from the euro before the next elections in June. Nicolas Véron then explains why he is more optimistic that a Greek exit from the euro area can be prevented.

Bill Moyers
Are JPMorgan's Losses a Canary in a Coal Mine?
Audio with transcript | May 16, 2012
Simon Johnson and Bill Moyers discuss Jamie Dimon and how JPMorgan Chase lost $2 billion "all because of the complex, now-you-see-it-now-you-don't trading in exotic financial instruments that he has so ardently lobbied Congress not to regulate."

Wall Street Journal
At One Think Tank, Two Opposing Views on the Euro-Zone Outlook
Article | January 19, 2012
The Wall Street Journal covers the Peterson Institute event in which two opposing views on the outcome of the euro area crisis were presented. Simon Johnson and Peter Boone presented dire predictions, while C. Fred Bergsten and Jacob Funk Kirkegaard remain more optimistic.

Recession: Where the Local Is the Global
Audio with transcript | December 26, 2011
Simon Johnson explains how a recession in the euro area would be global in nature.

NPR | Planet Money
What Is GDP?
Video | October 27, 2011
NPR's Adam Davidson takes Simon Johnson through the supermarket to understand how GDP is measured.

PBS NewsHour
Governments Push for Austerity, but Can it Really Revive Growth?
Video with transcript | June 30, 2011
In the wake of the Greek Parliament's vote to approve a new austerity plan and a national civil servant strike in Britain, Simon Johnson discusses with Margaret Warner whether austerity measures will help those countries.

NPR: On Point
Head in the Sand Economics
Audio | June 27, 2011
Simon Johnson talks with Tom Gjelten about the budget deficits in Greece and in the United States. Johnson says the rhetoric in Washington over the debt crisis is doing nothing to fix the problem. The United States needs to lower its debt-to-GDP ratio while it still has time.

C-SPAN: Congressional Testimony
US and Global Economic Growth
Video with transcript | June 21, 2011
Simon Johnson testifies before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress at the hearing "Spend Less, Owe Less, Grow the Economy." The best way to bring the US debt-to-GDP ratio under control is to limit future spending increases, particularly in health care, and boost revenue while the economy continues to recover. See also Johnson's testimony [pdf].

Johnson on European Debt Crisis
Video | May 23, 2011
Simon Johnson discusses the European sovereign debt crisis and prospects for bailouts.

Bretton Woods Conference
Can Sovereignty and Effective International Supervision Be Reconciled: The Challenge of Large Complex Financial Institutions
Video | April 9, 2011
Simon Johnson speaks at the Bretton Woods Conference at a panel focused on the challenge of international supervision of large complex financial institutions. The conference was hosted by the Institute for New Economic Thinking.


US Senate Budget Committee
The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2011-21
Video | February 1, 2011
Simon Johnson delivers testimony on the outlook of the US economy. See also his written testimony.

Economists Weigh In on Tax Compromise
Audio with transcript | December 9, 2010
NPR's Guy Raz talks with economists Simon Johnson and Greg Mankiw about their thoughts on the tax compromise.

Diane Rehm Show
Protests over Pension Reform in France
Audio | October 20, 2010
The Diane Rehm Show hosts a discussion aimed at understanding the pension reform crisis in France and its relevance to austerity efforts elsewhere. Guests include Simon Johnson, PIIE and MIT; Ulysse Gosset, French Television; Ron Blackwell, AFL-CIO; and Justin Vaïsse, Brookings Institution.

Minnesota Public Radio
The Impact of the Bailout
Audio | September 29, 2010
Simon Johnson, PIIE and MIT, and David Cho, Washington Post, discuss the effectiveness of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the public's reaction to the program as it comes to an end. Johnson and Cho take audience call-in questions during the hour-long radio broadcast.

A Status Report on the US Economy
Video | August 3, 2010
Simon Johnson testifies before the Senate Budget Committee hearing "A Status Report on the US Economy." Read the testimony.

FoxBusiness News
Greece and Portugal to Default
Video | May 10, 2010
Simon Johnson tells FoxBusiness that the recent bailout package, while providing liquidity, does not address the underlying solvency issues in Europe.

Diane Rehm Show
Europe's Expanding Debt Crisis
Audio | April 29, 2010
Simon Johnson joins Eswar Prasad, Brookings Institution, and Uri Dadush, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on the Diane Rehm show to discuss what the debt burdens in Greece, Portugal, and other European countries could mean for economies worldwide.

Bill Moyers Journal
Banking Reform
Video with transcript | April 16, 2010
Bill Moyers interviews Simon Johnson and James Kwak on what effective financial regulation reform should look like.


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