Michael Plummer

Director, the Johns Hopkins University, SAIS Europe

Eni Professor of International Economics

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 co-editor of Megaregionalism 2.0: Trade and Innovation within Global Networks (World Scientific, 2018); author/co-author of ASEAN Economic Cooperation and Integration: Progress, Challenges and Future Direction (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015); The Transpacific Partnership and Asia-Pacific Integration: A Quantitative Assessment (PIIE, 2012); and Realizing the ASEAN Economic Community (ISEAS, 2009), and is author/co-author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters. His Ph.D. is in economics from Michigan State University.

Selected Books

Selected Articles, Book Chapters and Other Significant Publications

  • “Asian Regionalism and its Implications for Europe ‘Post-Doha’,” Asian Economic Papers (MIT Press) 13:1, 2014, pp. 53-79.
  • The Effects of a China-US Free Trade and Investment Agreement,” Ch. 2 in Bergsten, et. al., Bridging the Pacific: Toward Free Trade and Investment between China and the United States (Washington, DC: Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2014) (with P. Petri and F. Zhai), pp. 31-84.
  • The TPP, China, and FTAAP: The Case for Convergence,” Ch. 6 in Peter Petri and Tang Guoqiang (eds.), New Directions in Asia Pacific Economic Integration, China Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (China PECC) and US Asia-Pacific Council (USAPC) (with P. Petri and F. Zhai), 2014, pp. 78-98
  • “The Economic Impact of the ASEAN Economic Community: An Applied General Equilibrium Approach,” Asian Economic Journal, Vol. 26 (2), 2012, pp. 93-118 (with Petri and Zhai).


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