Simon Johnson, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the financial sector and economic crises, will speak at Forward Thinking, a speaker series sponsored by American Family Insurance and the Wisconsin School of Business. He will speak Monday, August 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Overture Center's Capitol Theater, 201 State Street in Madison.
Johnson is the co-author of “13 Bankers: The Wall Street Take-over and the Next Financial Meltdown,” in which he explores the perils he sees as caused by the ideology of finance and Wall Street’s political power in shaping government policy relating to finance.
Johnson is Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund.
Over the past 20 years, he has worked on crisis prevention, mitigation, and recovery, as well as economic growth issues in advanced economies, emerging markets, and developing countries. His work focuses on how policymakers can limit the impact of negative shocks, manage risks faced by their countries, and maintain global economic stability.
The event is open to alumni and friends of the Wisconsin School of Business at no cost.