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Lester C. Thurow

Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management and Economics, emeritus

Coordinator, MIT Asia-Pacific Initiatives

Dean, Sloan School of Management 1987 - 1993

Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management and Economics, emeritus

Coordinator, MIT Asia-Pacific Initiatives

Dean, Sloan School of Management 1987 - 1993

Lester C. Thurow
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management and Economics, emeritus
Coordinator, MIT Asia-Pacific Initiatives
Dean, Sloan School of Management 1987 – 1993

Lester Thurow is a former dean of MIT’s Sloan School of Management and one of its best-known economists. In addition to his formal academic work on globalization, economic instability, and the distribution of income and wealth, he has helped to make economics accessible to wide audiences through a multitude of books, articles, newspaper columns, and talks. Professor Thurow served on President Johnson’s Council of Economic Advisors, the editorial board of The New York Times, andTime magazine’s board of economists. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former vice president of the American Economics Association.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Time spent in Washington, DC on political campaigns.
  • Efforts to make economics accessible to general audiences through books and as a columnist for The New York Times.
  • The differences in teaching between graduate and undergraduate courses.
  • Challenges of expanding the Sloan School of Management during his tenure as dean.

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