Lawrence H. Summers

Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University
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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 40.

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 children.



  • ITF-225 The Future of Globalization: Issues, Actors, and Decisions


  • API-126 American Economic Policy
  • BGP-300 Inside Government: Making Public Policy


For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Schäferhoff, Marco, Sara Fewer, Jessica Kraus, Emil Richter, Lawrence H. Summers, Jesper Sundewall, Gavin Yamey, and Dean T. Jamison. "How Much Donor Financing for Health is Channeled to Global Versus Country-Specific Aid Functions?" Lancet 386.10011 (December 2015): 2436-2441.
    • Summers, Lawrence H. "Economists’ Declaration on Universal Health Coverage." Lancet 386.10008 (November 2015): 2112-2113.
    • Summers, Lawrence H. "Have We Entered An Age Of Secular Stagnation?" IMF Economic Review 63.1 (May 2015): 277-280.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Blanchard, Oliver, Eugenio Cerutti, and Lawrence H. Summers. "Inflation and Activity – Two Explorations and their Monetary Policy Implications." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP15-070, November 2015.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Mankiw, N. Gregory, and Lawrence H. Summers. "Uniting Behind the Divisive ‘Cadillac’ Tax on Health Plans." New York Times. October 24, 2015.

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