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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

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 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

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 (22)

  • (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 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 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
  • Economic Advisor, Alliance for Competitive Taxation
  • International Advisory Council, Bocconi University
  • Board member: Opportunity Institute; The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Foundation
  • Member of Corporate Boards: CBRE Group Inc.; Lexmark International Inc.; Apex Swiss Holdings SARL
  • 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
  • Senior Advisor: The Rock Creek Group; Rockefeller Capital Management
  • Special Advisor: Berkeley Research Group
  • Global Economy Fellow, MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth

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

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 (15)

The Recovery Plan America Needs

Project Syndicate  online

2020-07-01

Though US policymakers took bold early action to prop up the economy during the COVID-19 crisis, the International Monetary Fund now expects America's GDP to contract by 8% in 2020. If the US government does not pursue a comprehensive recovery program, the outlook will become even worse.

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US debt to GDP soars during coronavirus

BBC Business Matters  radio

2020-05-23

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

2020-05-22

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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US can learn from Nordic countries’ response to COVID-19, UC Berkeley experts say

Daily Californian  online

2020-05-11

A group of academics, including Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School Laura Tyson and Lecturer Robert Strand, the executive director of the Center for Responsible Business, came together to discuss the response of Nordic countries to the pandemic. While all the countries differ, access to health care is likely to play a large role in economic recovery from the pandemic.

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US States Need Federal Funding to Combat the Pandemic

Project Syndicate  online

2020-05-07

With state governments facing massive budget shortfalls as a result of the coronavirus crisis, most will have no choice but to raise taxes or slash spending, further compounding the recession, writes Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School Laura Tyson, faculty director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact. If the federal government does not step in with additional funding, there will be another crisis.

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How the Economy Will Look After the Coronavirus Pandemic

Foreign Policy  online

2020-04-15

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

2020-04-13

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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Where Women Stand

Project Syndicate  online

2020-04-07

A wide-angle look at the past two decades shows that women across advanced economies have made far-reaching gains as workers, consumers, and savers. But much of this progress has been offset by rising costs and new forms of insecurity that once again disproportionately affect women.

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

PBS NewsHour  tv

2020-04-02

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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Three Berkeley experts join Gov. Newsom’s Council of Economic Advisors

UC Berkeley News  online

2020-02-24

The 13-member panel will be co-chaired by Laura D. Tyson, a distinguished Professor of the Graduate School at Berkeley and faculty director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact at the Haas School of Business. Tyson was a member of President Bill Clinton’s cabinet between 1993 and 1996, serving as chair of his Council of Economic Advisers from 1993 to 1995 and as director of the White House National Economic Council from 1995 to 1996.

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California Capitalism

Project Syndicate  online

2020-02-13

Laura Tyson, Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School and Faculty Director of Institute for Business & Social Impact, writes that with the U.S. crippled by political polarization, states will be the main channels for policymaking in 2020 and beyond. She and co-author Lenny Mendoca argue that California is developing its own distinctive political economy.

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Shareholder Capitalism RIP?

Project Syndicate  online

2020-01-23

In this Big Picture, the University of California, Berkeley’s Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca of the California Office of Business and Economic Development expect that firms will likely back up their stakeholder rhetoric with real changes in behavior, even if only to ward off public discontent.

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Consciously decoupling the US economy

Financial Times  online

2019-12-01

One of the most important things the U.S. could do right now to ensure its position in the 21st-century digital economy would be to work with allies on transatlantic standards for 5G, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies. This is a key recommendation by a Council on Foreign Relations task force that includes Laura Tyson, Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School and faculty director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact.

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Disparity

Literal Magazine  online

2019-08-30

The author credits his mentoring by luminaries like Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School Laura Tyson, Faculty Director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact, in influencing his thinking in this introduction to a book on democracy and the American economy.

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When a National Champion Crashes and Burns

The American Prospect  online

2019-06-07

In this look at how the U.S. treats its big companies, the author says that most of those who've served on the Council of Economic Advisers in recent years tend to deny the importance of national champions, but notes that Prof. Laura Tyson, Faculty Director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact, is one of two exceptions.

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Selected Papers & Publications (14)

Quantitative Greening

Special Edition Magazine, Fall 2019: Sustainability

Laura Tyson and Afsaneh Beschloss

2019-10-14

"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

2018

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The New Era of Progressive Federalism

New America

Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca

2018

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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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Entrepreneurs: Spread the Start-Up Wealth Around

Democracy Journal

Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca

2016

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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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