Michael G. Plummer

Michael G. Plummer

Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics
International Economics
International Development

SAIS Europe

Expertise

Regions
  • Southeast Asia
Topics
  • ASEAN
  • Economics
  • Economic Development
  • International Financial Markets
  • International Finance
  • International Trade Theory and Policy
Languages
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese

Background and Education

Michael Plummer has been Director of SAIS Europe since 2014. A SAIS Professor of International Economics since 2001 and the Eni Professor of Economics since 2008, he was Head of the Development Division of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 2010 to 2012; an associate professor at Brandeis University (1992-2001); and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Asian Economics (Elsevier) 2007-2015 (currently Editor-in-Chief Emeritus). He was president of the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies (ACAES) from 2008 until 2015. A former Fulbright Chair in Economics and Pew Fellow in International Affairs at Harvard University, he has been an Asian Development Bank (ADB) distinguished lecturer on several occasions and team leader of projects for various organizations including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the United Nations, the OECD, the ADB, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization. He has taught at more than a dozen universities in Asia, Europe, and North America. Professor Plummer has advised several governments on the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and is member of the editorial boards of World Development, the Asian Economic Journal; and the Journal of Southeast Asian Economics (formerly ASEAN Economic Bulletin). He is author/co-author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters. His PhD is in economics from Michigan State University.

Publications: Megaregionalism 2.0: Trade and innovation within Global Networks, ed. with D. Ernst (2018); ASEAN Economic Cooperation and Integration: Progress, Challenges and Future Directions (2015) (with C. S. Yue); Regional Perspectives on Aid for Trade (OECD, November 2014) (principal author); ASEAN Centrality and the ASEAN-US Economic Relationship, Policy Series 69 (East-West Center, March 2014); The Transpacific Partnership and Asia-Pacific Integration: A Quantitative Assessment (PIIE, 2012); Oxford Handbook of International Commercial Policy, co-editor (2012); Realizing the ASEAN Economic Community: A Comprehensive Assessment, co-editor (2009); The Global Economic Crisis and Its Implications for Asian Economic Cooperation (2009); ASEAN Economic Integration: Trade, Finance, and Foreign Direct Investment (2009); "Best Practices in Regional Trading Agreements: An Application to Asia" in The World Economy (2007); The World Trade Organization: Legal, Economic, and Political Analysis (Vols. I-III), co-editor (2005); Economic Integration and Development: Has Regionalism Delivered for Developing Countries? co-author (2002); numerous articles and reviews in academic journals.


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Spring 2018 
This course is ...
This course is the first of the two-part section of the international economics component of the Master of Arts in Global Risk (MAGR) degree program. Its goal is to give students a basic understanding of the theory of price determination and markets and underlying microeconomic concepts necessary for economic analysis at the national level, as well as an overview of real-sector economic forces behind globalization. The review is designed to highlight the role of policy in affecting national and international outcomes.

At the end of the course, students will have a good grasp of the essence of modern microeconomic analysis and how policy affects economic efficiency, welfare and other outcomes. It also will provide students with basic tools to understand essential aspects of the globalization process, and how a country’s commercial policies are important for not only its own welfare but also its trading partners (something being made all too clear by the UK referendum to exit from the European Union!). It will also be a first step in the exposition of how economists view risk, something that will be revisited in corporate finance as well as the international finance parts of the MAGR curriculum.
Spring 2019 
Gives an analyt...
Gives an analytical review of the economics of East Asian development. Considers the origins of the East Asian 'economic miracle,' the Asian financial crisis and post-crisis trends, with a focus on international trade and finance. (Cross listed International Economics/International Development/Asian Studies)
September 12, 2017 
Michael G. Plum...

Michael G. Plummer, Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics, Wrote an article for Asean at 50 "Asean at 50 - A look at its external relations."

July 1, 2017 
Michael G. Plum...

Michael G. Plummer, Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics, is quoted in the New York Times in an article entitled "Trump Is China's Chump."

June 9, 2017 
Michael G. Plum...

Michael G. Plummer, Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics, spoke at IBRAC in a conference entitled "17° Seminário sobre comércio internacional."

May 5, 2017 
Michael G. Plum...

Michael G. Plummer, Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics, is cited on Today in an article entitled "Asia wants to set the pace on trade, but cannot agree on how."

May 4, 2017 
Michael G. Plum...

Michael G. Plummer, Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics, is cited on Financial Times in an article entitled "Trump withdrawal from TPP creates high stakes turmoil."

March 16, 2017 
Michael G. Plum...

Michael G. Plummer, Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics, is interviewed on CUTV about "Economic reforms in China."

March 6, 2017 
Michael G. Plum...

Michael G. Plummer, Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics, is interviewed on CUTV about "China's role on the international stage and potential developments in Sino-American relations."

February 23, 2017 
Michael G. Plum...

Michael G. Plummer, Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics, gave a presentation at Department of State titled "Asian Integration: Risks and Opportunities for the US."

January 12, 2017 
Michael G. Plum...

Michael G. Plummer, Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics, participated in a conference in Ho Chi Minh City entitled "Trade, Industrialization and Structural Reforms in ASEAN."

December 20, 2016 
Michael G. Plum...

Michael G. Plummer, Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics, is interviewed in The Star On-Line in an article entitled "Ringgit weakens further on prospects of further US rate increase."