Prof. Simon Johnson

Ronald A Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship
Professor of Global Economics and Management

Primary DLC

MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT Room: E62-420


Michelle Fiorenza

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Corporate Governance
Economic Crisis
Entrepreneurship/New Ventures
New Stock Markets
Venture Capital
Behavioral and Policy Sciences (BPS)
Global Economics and Management (GEM)
Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship (TIE)

Research Summary

Simon Johnson is a good media contact for stories on emerging markets and developing countries. He has co-authored recent papers on cross-country studies of institutions and development, detailed assessments of institutional reform, and firm-level surveys that examine the importance of credit and property rights for startups. Johnson is currently looking at the role of corporate governance arrangements in macroeconomic crisis, the development in new equity markets in Europe, and how new technology companies outside the U.S. raise capital.

Recent Work

  • Video


    November 15, 2022Conference Video Duration: 33:25

    Michael Schrage
    Research Fellow, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, MIT Sloan School of Management
    Elisabeth B. Reynolds
    Former Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing and Economic Development
    Former Executive Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future
    Principal Research Scientist
    Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
    Suzanne Berger
    John M. Deutch Institute Professor of Political Science, MIT Political Science
    Simon Johnson
    Ronald A Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship, Professor of Global Economics and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management


    April 29, 2021Conference Video Duration: 16:22
    Simon Johnson
    Ronald A Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship
    Professor of Global Economics and Management
    MIT Sloan School of Management

    COVID-19 Pandemic: What Next?

    March 31, 2020Conference Video Duration: 59:30

    Webinar by Professor Simon Johnson

    Simon Johnson - RD2017

    November 22, 2017Conference Video Duration: 18:11

    Cybersecurity Impacts on International Trade

    Governments have reportedly arranged to incorporate various forms of spyware and malware in Internet-connected products. In response, some countries have denied entry or imposed restrictions on imported products with such potential risks. But this raises many policy issues, including (1) what is a questionable country (and is it OK if an “ally” spies on us?), (2) what products are of most concern, (3) assuming such restrictions quickly become worldwide policies with retaliations, what might be the long-term impact on international trade and the global economy as Internet-connected products proliferate, and (4) what voluntary standards could be put in place to lower the risk of trade wars? These issues need to be rigorously studied in advance of policy makers making quick decisions – in some crisis condition – without understanding the impacts and consequences.

    2017 MIT Research and Development Conference