Jan Svejnar

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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