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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 | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley


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



Areas of Expertise (7)


Global Economy

U.S. Trade Policy

High-Technology Competition


Artificial Intelligence

Women's Economic Empowerment


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 a Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. 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 is the former Faculty Director of the Berkeley Haas Institute for Business and Social Impact, which she launched in 2013. 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 a member of the Global Future Council on the New Agenda for Equity and Social Justice. 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


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 (24)

  • (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)
  • Advisory Council: The Brookings Institution, Hamilton Project; Social Finance US
  • 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
  • Berggruen Institute: Think Long Committee for California; 21st Century Council
  • International Advisory Council, Bocconi University
  • Member of Corporate Boards: CBRE Group Inc.; Lexmark International Inc.; Apex Swiss Holdings SARL
  • 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
  • Senior Advisor: The Rock Creek Group; Rockefeller Capital Management
  • Special Advisor: Berkeley Research Group
  • Global Economy Fellow, MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth
  • Advisory Board: Angeleno Group, LLC; Generation Investment Management; Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing; H & Q Asia Pacific
  • Global Policy Advisor, GSG
  • Board member: Opportunity Institute; The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Foundation; Philanthropy University
  • Board Member, Stem, Inc.
  • Co-chair, California Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors
  • Commission d'experts sur les grands défis économiques, French President Emmanuel Macron

Positions Held (3)

Current Academic Positions

2016 – present: Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley 2006 – present: Chair, Board of Trustees, Steering Committee Member, Blum Center for Developing Economies, UC Berkeley 2019 – Present: Founder and Co-Faculty Director, Sustainable and Impact Finance Initiative, Institute for Business & Social Impact, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley 2019 – Present: Faculty Director, Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative, Institute for Business & Social Impact, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Past Academic Positions

August 2019 – July 2020: Interim Director, Institute for Business & Social Impact, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley 2013 – 2019: Faculty Director, Institute for Business & Social Impact, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley 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 (10)

Project Syndicate - Monthly Column

Project Syndicate  online

Monthly Columnist for Project Syndicate since 2012.

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Bond Voyage

NPR Planet Money  online


"In 2020, The US government borrowed $3 trillion in response to the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the next few weeks, Congress is likely to pass a relief bill that will lead the government to borrow another $1.9 trillion. If that amount of borrowing seems insane, that's because it is. Or at least, it used to be. Until recently, the government worried that borrowing too much would hurt the economy by driving up inflation and interest rates. Now, the United States borrows more money than ever, but interest rates for treasury bonds don't budge and inflation stays low. Somewhere along the way, it seems, there was a massive shift in the way deficits and interest rates work. Today on the show, when everything changed. Why the government stopped being scared of borrowing. And how we make sense of this new world."

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Joe Biden must take a global lead on climate risk disclosure

Financial times  online


Incoming president can use existing regulatory powers to unlock sustainable growth

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Op-ed: How Joe Biden can tap the private sector to accelerate transition to clean energy

CNBC  online


How Joe Biden can tap the private sector to accelerate transition to clean energy

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Outside it’s America‪!

The David McWilliams Podcast  online


"What Joe Biden’s victory means and what it does not. We examine the US economy with a former US cabinet member and Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. Plus what can be done and what won’t - why the Democrats have won the popular vote in six out of the last seven elections but have more or less shared the Presidency with the Republicans!"

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US debt to GDP soars during coronavirus

BBC Business Matters  radio


Prof. Laura Tyson and Ed Serna, Executive Director of the Texas Workforce Commission discuss how challenging a jobs recovery might prove to be.

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Congress must fund another major economic relief package

CalMatters  online


Just a month prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. and California were reporting historic low unemployment rates of 3.5% and 3.9% respectively. With historically low interest rates, low inflation and stable financial markets, most forecasters predicted that output and employment growth would continue through 2020-21. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s January forecast also assumed continued growth and projected a state budget surplus for 2020-21.

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How the Economy Will Look After the Coronavirus Pandemic

Foreign Policy  online


Foreign Policy asks 9 global thinkers on how the the pandemic will change the economic and financial order.

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What Will It Take to Thaw Out An Economy on Ice?

KQED Forum  radio


Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School Laura Tyson spoke on KQED Forum about the economic outlook for California and the rest of the nation.

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Why the speed and scope of U.S. job losses complicate federal response

PBS NewsHour  tv


Prof. Laura Tyson joins PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff to discuss what the pandemic’s unprecedented job losses mean for the American economy.

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Working Papers (1)

Automation and the Future of Work in Germany

A Summary of Research and Policy Recommendations


Automation and the digitization of work are having significant effects on the German labor market and are challenging policymakers to modernize the existing and proven instruments of Germany’s distinctive “social market” economy. The COVID19 pandemic is accelerating the pace and scope of these technological changes and intensifying their effects on how work is done. To inform the modifications in policies and institutions necessary to achieve the goals of Germany’s social market system, it is necessary to understand these effects and to predict how they are likely to develop in a post-pandemic future. This report addresses these questions based on research by both German and international scholars and organizations and on interviews with economists, policy-makers and business and labor leaders in Germany. The report focuses in particular on how automation, broadly defined to encompass a variety of technologies including robots, software, digital systems and platforms, and artificial intelligence, is changing the size and composition of employment, the level and distribution of wages, and the educational and skill requirements for different kinds of work, and on the policy implications of these changes.

Selected Papers & Publications (13)

Quantitative Greening

Special Edition Magazine, Fall 2019: Sustainability

Laura Tyson and Afsaneh Beschloss


"In the years since the signing of the Paris climate agreement, many of the world's central banks and leading financial regulatory authorities have started to create new tools to assess and manage climate-related financial risks. Behind these efforts is a shared realization: there can be no climate stability without financial stability."

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The Progressive Resurgence of Federalism

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca


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The New Era of Progressive Federalism

New America

Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca


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

Foreign Affairs

Laura Tyson and Susan Lund


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Entrepreneurs: Spread the Start-Up Wealth Around

Democracy Journal

Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca


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The Promise of Digital Finance

European Financial Review

Laura Tyson & Susan Lund


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Better Ventures: Backing Entrepreneurs, Building a Better World

Berkeley Haas Case Studies

Laura Tyson and Jennifer Walske


Bridges Fund Management

Berkeley Haas Case Studies

Laura Tyson and Jennifer Walske


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


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Sanergy: Tackling Sanitation in Kenyan Slums

Berkeley Haas Case Studies

Laura Tyson and Jennifer Walske


Entrepreneurs: Spread the Start-Up Wealth Around

Democracy Journal

Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca


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Revolution Foods

Berkeley Haas Case Studies

Laura Tyson and Jennifer Walske


Trade USA

Berkeley Haas Case Studies

Laura Tyson and Jennifer Walske