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Laura D. Tyson - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, US

Laura D. Tyson Laura D. Tyson

Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School | Faculty Director, Institute for Business & Social Impact | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, UNITED STATES

Influential scholar of economics and public policy; expert on trade and competitiveness

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Areas of Expertise (7)

Disruption Global Economy U.S. Trade Policy High-Technology Competition Automation Artificial Intelligence Women's Economic Empowerment

About

Laura D’Andrea Tyson is an influential scholar of economics and public policy and an expert on trade and competitiveness who has also served as a presidential adviser. She is the Faculty Director of the Berkeley Haas Institute for Business and Social Impact, which she launched in 2013. She also chairs the Board of Trustees at UC Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies, which aims to develop solutions to global poverty. She served as Interim Dean of the Haas School from July to December 2018, and served previously as dean from 1998 to 2001.

Tyson was a member of President Clinton’s cabinet between 1993 and 1996. She served as Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1993 to 1995 and as Director of the White House National Economic Council from 1995 to 1996. She was the first woman to serve in those positions.

Much of Tyson’s recent research focuses on the effects of automation on the future of work. She is the Co-organizer of WITS (Work and Intelligent Tools and System), an interdisciplinary faculty group created to explore the impacts of digital technologies and artificial intelligence on working, earning, and learning.

She has also devoted considerable policy attention to the links between women’s rights and national economic performance. At the World Economic Forum (WEF), she is the co-chair of the Global Future Council on New Metrics and is a Stewardship Board member of the System Initiative on Education, Gender and Work. She is the co-author of the WEF Annual Global Gender Gap Report, which ranks nations on economic, political, education, and health gender gaps. She is also the co-author of Leave No One Behind, a report for the United Nations’ High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (2016).

In addition to serving as dean of Berkeley Haas, Tyson served as dean of London Business School from 2002 until 2006. She serves on three corporate boards and several advisory boards for several nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

Tyson is the author of numerous reports, case studies, academic papers and books on competitiveness, industrial policy, international trade, and sustainable business practices. She is also regular contributor to Project Syndicate, and is a frequent media commentator on issues of U.S. and global trade and economics, high-tech competition, automation and artificial intelligence, and women’s economic empowerment.

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Education (2)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Ph.D., Economics

International Trade, Economic Development, Macroeconomics

Smith College: B.A. summa cum laude, Economics

Phi Beta Kappa
Smith College Prize for Distinguished Work in Economics

Honors & Awards (4)

Honorary Degrees

University of Lausanne, Faculty of Business and Economics, 2011
American University, 1995
Smith College, 1994

Fellowships & Grants

Richard C. Holbrooke Fellowship, American Academy in Berlin, 2019
2012 NACD DIRECTORSHIP 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance
London Business School Fellow, 2010
National Fellows Program Fellowship, Hoover Institution, 1978-1979
American Council of Learned Societies Grant, Spring Term 1977, 1978, 1979
Sloan Foundation Grant, Summer 1976
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NDEA TITLE IV Fellowship; Fulbright Fellowship; International Research and Exchanges Board Study Grant

Elected Member, Council on Foreign Relations

1987

Teaching Awards

Club 6 Member, Haas School of Business, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2015: Award for teaching excellence based on student recommendations
Berkeley, Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California, Spring 1982

Selected External Service & Affiliations (23)

  • (Selected list - please see curriculum vitae for full list of affiliations)
  • Board of Trustees, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
  • Organizer, Berkeley Work and Intelligent Tools and Systems (WITS)
  • Member of Corporate Boards: AT&T Inc.; CBRE Group Inc.; Lexmark International Inc.; Apex Swiss Holdings SARL
  • Advisory Board: Generation Investment Management; H&Q Asia Pacific; Observatory Group; Afiniti; Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing; SATMAP Incorporated (dba Afiniti)
  • Advisory Council: The Brookings Institution, Hamilton Project; Social Finance US
  • Senior Advisor: The Rock Creek Group
  • Special Advisor: Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth; Berkeley Research Group
  • Senior External Advisor, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Economic Advisory Council and Board of Trustees, Center for American Progress
  • Editorial Advisory Board: Y-Analytics; The International Economy
  • Task Force Member, Rework America, Markle Foundation
  • Co-Chair, Global Future Council New Metrics, World Economic Forum, Stewardship Board, System Initiative on Education, Gender and Work
  • Berggruen Institute: Think Long Committee for California; 21st Century Council
  • Economic Advisor, Alliance for Competitive Taxation
  • International Advisory Council, Bocconi University
  • Board member: Opportunity Institute; The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Foundation
  • Task Force Member, Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Innovation Strategy and National Security
  • Board of Advisors, Angeleno Group, LLC
  • 2016 – 2017: President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Semiconductor Working Group
  • 2011 – 2013: Member, President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
  • 2009 – 2011: President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board
  • 2011 – 2013: Member, US Department of State, Foreign Affairs Policy Board

Positions Held (3)

Current Academic Positions

2016 – present: Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School, Haas School of Business
2013 – present: Faculty Director, Institute for Business & Social Impact
2006 – present: Chair, Board of Trustees, Steering Committee Member, Blum Center for Developing Economies, UC Berkeley

Past Academic Positions

July - Dec. 2018: Interim Dean, Haas School of Business
1992 – 2016: Professor of Business Administration and Economics, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
2008 – 2013: S. K. and Angela Chan Chair in Global Management, Haas School of Business
2002 - 2006: Dean, London Business School
1998 – 2001: Dean, Haas School of Business
1997 – 1998: Class of 1939 Professor of Economics and Business Administration, UC Berkeley
1978 - 2006: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley
1990 – 1992: Director of the Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley
1988 – 1992: Director of Research, Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, UC Berkeley
1974 - 1977: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Princeton University

Past Government Positions

1995 – 1996: Chairman, National Economic Council, Executive Office of the President of the United States of America
1993 – 1995: Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President of the United States of America

Media Appearances (11)

Privacy concerns collide with the public interest in data

Financial Times  online

2019-01-24

Statistical agencies have traditionally tracked employment data by collecting payroll figures. But a rising proportion of workers are partly — or completely — living off freelance work. “We need new ways of measuring the gig economy,” said Prof. Laura Tyson, Faculty Director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact.

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Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends

The Wall Street Journal  online

2019-01-16

Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, and Prof. Laura Tyson, faculty director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact, are signitaries to an open letter on addressing climate change that says a carbon tax is efficient and could create "carbon dividends" that would benefit the majority of U.S. families.

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Creating "new thinking for the new economy"

European Business Review  online

2018-11-20

Interim Dean Laura Tyson says she is inspired by the fact that a growing number of students seek to make a positive social impact early in their careers, regardless of the field they plan to enter.

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2018 Top 50 undergraduate professors: Rob Chandra, University of California Berkeley (Haas)

Poets & Quants for Undergrads  online

2018-11-13

Distinguished Teaching Fellow Rob Chandra, BS 88, said his most memorable teaching moment so far was getting a standing ovation from the students after teaching his first semester. He was also inspired as a student by Interim Dean Laura Tyson.

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Trump's Trade War

HBO's VICE News  tv

2018-08-10

A special report on the winners and losers in "Trump's Trade War" features an extensive interview with Interim Dean Laura Tyson, one of 1,100 economists from the left and right who signed a letter decrying Trump's trade policies. "The jobs that [Trump] says we lost through trade, and that we can bring back through protection, are jobs that we we actually lost through automation," Tyson said.

Universal Basic Income: Will it work?

CBS News Sunday Morning  tv

2018-07-29

The problem with universal income is it’s not free, says Prof. Laura Tyson, faculty director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact in a CBS News interview. A hypothetical $10,000 per person in the US adds up. “That’s three-fourths of the entire federal budget,” she said.

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Economists say U.S. tariffs are wrong move on a valid issue

New York Times  print

2018-04-11

Economists agree that caution is needed before imposing tariffs. "I haven’t seen any who have said the appropriate response is a series of tariffs on a bunch of goods, most of which don’t have any real link to the underlying issue," said Prof. Laura Tyson, faculty director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact.

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A debt crisis is coming. But don’t blame entitlements

Washington Post  print

2018-04-08

The federal budget deficit may exceed $1 trillion next year and could worsen over time, writes a group of economists that includes Prof. Laura Tyson, faculty director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact, and Janet Yellen, professor emeritus. The reason is large tax cuts and unfunded wars, along with the reduction in tax revenue from last year’s tax cuts.

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AI is rapidly changing the types and location of the best-paying jobs

MIT Technology Review  print

2018-03-28

Prof. Laura Tyson says she’s not worried about AI causing unemployment, though she is concerned about the kind of jobs it will create. "We know from the past that the jobs that require low skills are more likely to be automated," she said. "I worry about income inequality."

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Governments aren’t keeping up with the AI threat to the job market

Bloomberg Technology  online

2018-01-23

Automation has hollowed out the middle class, caused a lot of stagnation in middle-income households, and raised inequality, said Prof. Laura Tyson, Faculty Director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact, at a panel in Davos. "What reason do we have to think the distributive impact of AI over the next 10 years will be any better?"

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Why Corporate Tax Reform Is a Bipartisan Cause

The Wall Street Journal  print

2017-09-06

In an op-ed, Laura Tyson writes that corporate tax reform is one of the few issues that attract bipartisan support in Washington. Lawmakers from both sides agree that the current system is deeply flawed. Because the U.S. hasn’t updated its tax code in 31 years, Congress has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to level the playing field for American businesses and workers.

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Selected Papers & Publications (13)

The Progressive Resurgence of Federalism Stanford Social Innovation Review

Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca

2018

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The New Era of Progressive Federalism New America

Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca

2018

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Entrepreneurs: Spread the Start-Up Wealth Around Democracy Journal

Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca

2016

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Globalization Is Not in Retreat: Digital Technology and the Future of Trade Foreign Affairs

Laura Tyson and Susan Lund

2018

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The Promise of Digital Finance European Financial Review

Laura Tyson & Susan Lund

2017

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Better Ventures: Backing Entrepreneurs, Building a Better World Berkeley Haas Case Studies

Laura Tyson and Jennifer Walske

2017

Bridges Fund Management Berkeley Haas Case Studies

Laura Tyson and Jennifer Walske

2017

Leave No One Behind: A Call to Action for Gender Equality and Women's Economic Empowerment Report of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment

Laura Tyson and Jeni Klugman

2016

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Sanergy: Tackling Sanitation in Kenyan Slums Berkeley Haas Case Studies

Laura Tyson and Jennifer Walske

2016

Revolution Foods Berkeley Haas Case Studies

Laura Tyson and Jennifer Walske

2015

Trade USA Berkeley Haas Case Studies

Laura Tyson and Jennifer Walske

2015

Entrepreneurs: Spread the Start-Up Wealth Around Democracy Journal

Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca

2016

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Built to Scale: A comparative case analysis, assessing how social enterprises scale The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Laura Tyson and Jennifer Walske

2015

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