Simeon Djankov

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
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John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 14
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-3561
Simeon Djankov


Simeon Djankov is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy. He was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Bulgaria in 2009 to 2013. Prior to his cabinet appointment, Simeon Djankov was the Chief economist of the finance and private sector vice-presidency of the World Bank.
In his fourteen years at the World Bank, he worked on regional trade agreements in North Africa, enterprise restructuring and privatization in transition economies, corporate governance in East Asia, and regulatory reforms around the world. He is the founder of the World Bank's Doing Business project. Simeon Djankov was a principal author of the World Development Report 2002, an associate editor of the Journal of Comparative Economics from 2004 to 2009, and Chairman of the Board of
the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2012-2013. He is also a member of the Knowledge and Advisory Council at the World Bank. Simeon Djankov holds a 1997 economics doctorate from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
He has published over 70 articles in professional journals. Journals include the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics. He has also co-edited the book "Resolution of Financial Crises," with Stijn Claessens and Ashoka Mody.



  • PED-313 The Politics of Development Policy