Teaching

Professor Summers taught the following courses in Spring 2014:

American Economic Policy

Faculty: Martin Feldstein, Lawrence H. Summers, Jeffrey Liebman

Description
Analyzes major issues in American economic policy, including national savings, taxation, health care, Social Security, budget policy, monetary and fiscal policy, and exchange rate management. Current economic issues and policy options are discussed in detail and in the context of current academic thinking.

Economics 2510 – Inside Government: Making Public Policy

Faculty:  Cass Robert Sunstein (Law School) and Lawrence H. Summers

Description
This seminar will explore an assortment of issues, ranging from environmental regulation (including climate change) to financial regulation to public health, at the intersection of theory and practice. Among other things, the seminar will discuss the role of cost-benefit analysis, legal limits on regulation, and both standard and behavioral economics.

Economics 1400 – The Future of Globalization:  Issues, Actors, and Decisions

Faculty: Lawrence H. Summers, Robert Z. Lawrence (Harvard Kennedy School)

Description
What is the right balance between national sovereignty and international integration? Is the US equipped to sustain its role as a global leader? Should we regulate multi-national companies who move their factories to countries with lower labor standards? How should the IMF respond to financial crises in Europe and the developing world? How will the rise of China affect global inequality? These are all questions posed by globalization. This course uses basic economic logic to illuminate the choices faced by businesses, governments, international institutions and citizens as the global economy evolves. Policy issues are debated in class by the professors and students play the role of public and private actors in simulation exercises in order to experience the importance of the decisions made by individual actors for the evolution of the global system.

For Harvard course catalog, click here.

The Future of Globalization: Issues, Actors, and Decisions from Harvard Program in Gen Ed on Vimeo.