Faculty & Staff

Jan Svejnar
Director, Center on Global Economic Governance

Jan Svejnar is the James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy and Founding Director of the Center on Global Economic Governance at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

In his research, Professor Svejnar focuses on (a) the effects of foreign investment and government policies on firms and workers, (b) corporate, national and global governance and performance, and (c) entrepreneurship. He is the author and editor of a number of books and has published widely in academic, policy and practitioner-oriented journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Economic Perspectives,Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics. He works as an advisor to governments, non-profit organizations and firms, and he serves as Chair of the Supervisory Board of CSOB Bank and Co-Editor of Economics of Transition. He is also Fellow of the European Economic Association, and Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (London) and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn).

Professor Svejnar previously served as the Founding Director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is a founder and Chairman of CERGE-EI in Prague (an American-style Ph.D. program in economics that educates economists for Central-East Europe and the Newly Independent States). From 1996 to 2004, Professor Svejnar was the Executive Director of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. From 1992 to 1997, he served as the Founding Director of the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He has served as Co-Director of the Transition Program at the Center for Economic Policy Research (London), President of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies, President of the International Association for the Economics of Labor-Management, Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, and Governing Board member of the European Economic Association.

Prior to joining Columbia University in 2012, Professor Svejnar taught at the University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh, and Cornell University. He received his B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.

In 2012, Professor Svejnar was honored with a Neuron Prize for lifelong achievement from the Karel Janeček Endowment for Research and Science.

In 2008, Professor Svejnar was one of two candidates for the Presidency of the Czech Republic.

Further information is available on his personal website.

 

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FACULTY ASSOCIATES


 Jagdish N. Bhagwati

    Chris Blattman

     Patrick Bolton

  Charles Calomiris

 Guillermo A. Calvo

      Padma Desai

Cristian Pop-Eleches

  Raymond J. Fisman

   Timothy M. Frye

    Merit E. Janow

     Supreet Kaur 

    Bruce M. Kogut

   Paul F. Lagunes

W. Bentley MacLeod

     Suresh Naidu

    José A. Ocampo

 Sharyn O'Halloran

  Arvind Panagariya

    Katharina Pistor

        Ailsa Röell

   Jeffrey D. Sachs

    Saskia Sassen

     Anya Schiffrin

Stephen R. Sestanovich

  Joseph E. Stiglitz

  Miguel S. Urquiola

  Eric A. Verhoogen

     Shang-Jin Wei

 David E. Weinstein


Biographies

Jagdish N. Bhagwati

Jagdish N. Bhagwati is a University Professor at Columbia University and a Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been Economic Policy Adviser to Arthur Dunkel, Director General of GATT (1991-93), Special Adviser to the UN on Globalization, and External Adviser to the WTO. He has served on the Expert Group appointed by the Director General of the WTO on the Future of the WTO and the Advisory Committee to Secretary General Kofi Annan on the NEPAD process in Africa, and was also a member of the Eminent Persons Group under the chairmanship of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso on the future of UNCTAD.

Five volumes of his scientific writings and two of his public policy essays have been published by MIT press. The recipient of six festschrifts in his honor, he has also received several prizes and honorary degrees, including awards from the governments of India (Padma Vibhushan) and Japan (Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star). Professor Bhagwati's latest book In Defense of Globalization was published by Oxford University Press in 2004 to worldwide acclaim.

Chris Blattman

Chris Blattman is an Assistant Professor in Political Science & SIPA at Columbia University, where he teaches on the political economy of development, African politics, applied statistics, and the causes of war and violence.

Patrick Bolton

Patrick Bolton is the Barbara and David Zalaznick Professor of Business and member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He is also Co-Director of the Center for Contracts and Economic Organization at the Columbia Law School. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society (elected 1993) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 2009). He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research, and a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute. He is a former director of the American Finance Association and council member of the European Economic Association.

His areas of interest are in Contract Theory, Corporate Finance, Banking, Sovereign Debt, Political Economy, and Law and Economics.  He has written a leading graduate textbook on Contract Theory with Mathias Dewatripont, MIT Press (2005); edited The Economics of Contracts, Edward Elgar Publishing Inc. (2008); and co-edited, Credit Markets for the Poor with Howard Rosenthal, Russell Sage Foundation (2005); and Sovereign Wealth Funds and Long-Term Investing, with Frederic Samama and Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University Press (2011).

Charles Calomiris

Charles Calomiris is the Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions in the Faculty of Business and Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Univesity Graduate School of Business. 

Guillermo A. Calvo

Guillermo A. Calvo is Director of the Program in Economic Policy Management at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.  Professor Calvo's recent work has dealt extensively with capital flows and balance-of-payments crises in emerging market economies. Recent positions include: Director of the Center for International Economics and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland; Chief Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank; Senior Advisor in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund; and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Calvo is additionally a member of the Academia Nacional de Ciencias Económicas, Argentina, and a fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He is the former President of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association and of the International Economic Association and previously served as a member of the faculty at Columbia University from 1973 to 1986.  Professor Calvo obtained his PhD from Yale University.

Padma Desai

Padma Desai is the Gladys and Roland Harriman Professor of Comparative Economic Systems and Director, Center for Transition Economies at Columbia University, New York. A leading scholar on the Russian economy, her publications include   Conversations on Russia: From Yeltsin to Putin (2006), which was the Financial Times’ Pick of the Year in 2007. Her most recent book, on the current economic crisis, is From Financial Crisis to Global Recovery (2011).  She is married to the   economist Jagdish Bhagwati. Her awards include the Padma Bhushan, and an honorary doctorate from Middlebury College, USA.

Cristian Pop-Eleches

Cristian Pop-Eleches is an Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

Raymond J. Fisman

Raymond J. Fisman is the Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise, Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Timothy M. Frye

Timothy Frye is Director of Harriman Institute and Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy and Political Science at Columbia University.  He is additionally the Director of the Center for the Study of Institutions and    Development at the Higher Economics School in Moscow.  His research and teaching interests are in comparative politics and political economy with a focus on the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.  He has worked with the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Bloomberg Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

 Professor Frye obtained a PhD from Columbia University, an M.I.A from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in Russian language and literature from Middlebury College.

Merit E. Janow

Merit Janow from July 1 is Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University as well as a Professor in the Practice of International Economic Law and International Affairs, Director of the Program in International Finance and Economic Policy at SIPA and co-director of Columbia's APEC Study Center and a member of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Professor Janow has had three periods of public service, most recently she served as a member of the WTO's Appellate Body which is the global court of final appeal for intergovernmental trade disputes.

Previously she worked at the Office of the USTR responsible for trade negotiations with Japan and China and also at the Justice Department on international antitrust law and policy, Trained as a lawyer, Janow specialized in cross-border mergers and acquisitions with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and spent more than fifteen years in Japan. She obtained a JD from Columbia Law School and a BA in Asian studies from the University of Michigan.

Supreet Kaur

Supreet Kaur is an Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and Economics, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

Bruce M. Kogut

Bruce M. Kogut is the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co-Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Paul F. Lagunes

Paul F. Lagunes is Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

W. Bentley MacLeod

W. Bentley MacLeod is Sami Mnaymneh Professor of Economics, Professor of International and Public Affairs and an affiliated Law Professor at Columbia University.  His area of expertise is law, labor and contract economics with a focus on how incentives are designed to take into account the complex interplay between reputation effects, market competition, and social norms.  Current projects include incentives and school choice, economics of contract and tort law, the economics of performance pay, and the economics of physician diagnostic choice.

Professor MacLeod obtained a PhD in economics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and an MSc and BA in mathematics from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.

Suresh Naidu

Suresh Naidu is an Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and Economics, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

José A. Ocampo

José Antonio Ocampo is Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration and a fellow of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University.  He has published extensively on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic and social development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history.  He has served in a number of positions in the United Nations and the Government of Columbia, most notably as United Nations Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs; Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Chairman of the Board of Banco del.

Professor Ocampo obtained his PhD in economics from Yale University and his BA in economics and sociology from the University of Notre Dame.

Sharyn O'Halloran

Sharyn O'Halloran is the George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economy and Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where her work focuses on formal and quantitative methods and their application to politics, economics, and public policy. A political scientist and economist by training, Dr. O’Halloran has written extensively on issues related to the political economy of international trade and finance, regulation and institutional reform, economic growth and democratic transitions, and the political representation of minorities. She served as an advisor to the Mexican Department of Commerce, International Trade Division during the NAFTA negotiations, and advised the Turkish Government on the impact of democratization and economic development on political stability.  She has also consulted with the World Bank’s International Finance Group and its Regulation and Competition Policy Group. Dr. O’Halloran obtained her BA degree in economics and political science from University of California San Diego, from where she also received her MA and PhD.

Arvind Panagariya

Arvind Panagariya is Professor of Economics and Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy at Columbia University and a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  In the past, he has served as the Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank. In March 2012, the Government of India honored Professor Panagariya with Padma Bhushan, the third highest honor of the country in any filed.

Professor Panagariya has written or edited more than a dozen books.  The Economist has described his 2013 book Why Growth Matters (with Jagdish Bhagwati), published by Public Affairs, as "a blunt book; almost a manifesto for policymakers and analysts." His earlier 2008 book, published by the Oxford university Press, India: The Emerging Giant, was described by Fareed Zakaria of CNN as “the definitive book on the Indian economy.”  His scientific papers have appeared in virtually all leading economics journals including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies and International Economic Review.  Professor Panagariya writes a monthly column in the Times of India, the world's largest circulating English daily.  He has been listed among India's five most influential economists by the newspaper Indian Express.  He has worked at the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.  He obtained a PhD in economics from Princeton University.

Katharina Pistor

Katharina Pistor is Michael I Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and the Director of the School’s Center on Global Legal Transformation and has served as a member of Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought since its inception.   Her area of expertise include transition economies in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and East Asia and the impact of globalization on the transformation of law and legal institutions in the areas of finance, property rights and transnational regulation.  Ongoing research projects include globalization and the transformation of law; comparative global finance; and the distributional effects of alternative regulatory regimes.

Professor Pistor has previously taught at the Kennedy School of Government, worked at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany and the Harvard Institute for International Development.  Professor Pistor has been awarded a Dr. jur., from the University of Munich, a MPA from the Kennedy School of Government, a LL.M. from the University of London and a First Juridical State Exam from the University of Freiburg. 

Ailsa Röell

Ailsa Röell is Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her academic specialty is financial economics and the regulation of financial markets.  Her research and teaching spans securities markets, corporate finance, and corporate governance. She has published extensively in the area of stock market microstructure, with empirical and theoretical papers on market trading architecture and its impact on liquidity and price formation; a textbook on the   subject, Market Liquidity: Theory, Evidence and Policy (co-authored with Thierry Foucault and Marco Pagano) was published by Oxford University Press 2013. Her research also focuses on corporate governance, with work on topics ranging from corporate governance in banks to the history of concentration of control, shareholder rights and takeover defense mechanisms in the Netherlands, and theoretical and empirical analyses of compensation, earnings manipulation, and class action litigation in the USA.

She holds a PhD in political economy from Johns Hopkins University and an MSc in economics from the University of Groningen. Previously she was a senior research scholar at Princeton University's Bendheim Center for Finance, following a  career on the faculty of the London School of Economics, Université Libre de Bruxelles, and Tilburg University.

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs is Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.  His areas of expertise include economic development, poverty alleviation, fighting hunger and disease, and environmental sustainability.

Sachs is Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance and Director of the Millennium Villages Project.  Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development and the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade.  Sachs obtained his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard.

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University (www.saskiasassen.com). She is the author of several books and the recipient of diverse awards and mentions, ranging from multiple doctor honoris causa to named lectures and being selected for various honors lists. Her forthcoming book is Expulsions: When complexity produces elementary brutalities. (Harvard University Press 2014)

Anya Schiffrin

Anya Schiffrin is Director of SIPA’s International Media, Advocacy and Communications Specialization.  She has worked as editor-in-chief of the Istanbul daily newspaper The Turkish Times, and served as the bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires in Amsterdam and Hanoi.  Professor Schiffrin’s area of expertise is training journalists in developing countries to cover finance and economics.  

Professor Schiffrin has authored and co-edited a number of books including; From Cairo to Wall Street: Voices from the Global Spring, Bad News: How America’s Business Press Missed the Story of the Century, Covering Oil: A Reporter’s Guide to Energy and Development and Covering Globalization: A Handbook for Reporters.  Schiffrin obtained her MA in journalism from Columbia University and her BA from Reed College.

Stephen R. Sestanovich

Stephen Sestanovich is Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Diplomacy and Director of the International Fellows Program.  His areas of expertise include Russian and post-Soviet politics, foreign policy, and American policy.  He has served as ambassador-at-large and special advisor to the Secretary of State on the New Independent States.

Ambassador Sestanovich is a Senior Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy.  He obtained his PhD in government from Harvard and a BA from Cornell.

Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University, Co-Chair of its Committee on Global Thought, and Co-Founder and Co-President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. Stiglitz helped create a new branch of economics, "The Economics of Information," exploring the consequences of information asymmetries and pioneering such pivotal concepts as adverse selection and moral hazard, which have now become standard tools not only of theorists, but of policy analysts. He has made major contributions to macroeconomics and monetary theory, to development economics and trade theory, to public and corporate finance, to the theories of industrial organization and rural organization, and to the theories of welfare economics and of income and wealth distribution. In the 1980s, he helped revive interest in the economics of R&D.

In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his analyses of markets with asymmetric information and his role in creating a new branch of economics, the economics of information.  His work has helped explain the circumstances in which markets do not work well, and how selective government intervention can improve their performance.  Stiglitz obtained his PhD from MIT and his BS from Amherst College.

Miguel S. Urquiola

Miguel Urquiola is Associate Professor at SIPA and the Department of Economics at Columbia University, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources.  His research focuses on understanding educational markets' structure and performance.

Professor Urquiola has held appointments at Cornell University, the World Bank, the Bolivian government, and the Bolivian Catholic University.  He obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA from Swarthmore College.

Eric A. Verhoogen

Eric Verhoogen is Associate Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Columbia University. His areas of expertise include development economics, international trade and labor economics. His main area of research is industrial development -- applied microeconomic work on firms in developing countries. His research has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies and other journals.

Professor Verhoogen is currently serving as co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics and as co-director of the Trade Research Program of the International Growth Centre. Professor Verhoogen received his PhD in economics from the University of California Berkeley, his MA in economics from University of Massachusetts Amherst and his AB from Harvard.

Shang-Jin Wei

Shang-Jin Wei is N.T. Wang Professor of Finance and Economics and Chair in Chinese Business and Economy at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business as well as Director for the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Working Group on the Chinese Economy and Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research.  Professor Wei has worked at the International Monetary Fund and been Associate Professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and been appointed a New Century Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution.

Professor Wei has additionally consulted for PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations.  He obtained his PhD in economics and MS in business administration from the University of California, Berkley.

David E. Weinstein

David E. Weinstein is Chair of the Economics Department, Carl S. Shoup Professor of the Japanese Economy, and Associate Director for Research at the Center for Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia University.  He area of expertise include international economics, macroeconomics, corporate finance, the Japanese economy, and industrial policy.  He has served as Senior Economist and a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Professor Weinstein was previously a professor at the University of Michigan and at Harvard University.  He obtained his PhD and MA in economics from the University of Michigan and his BA at Yale University.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

Simon Commander

Ignacio Mas

 

PROGRAM ASSISTANTS

Erik Lindblad

Maelis Carraro