Lawrence Summers is a Harvard University Professor with an illustrious career in government and economics. In this episode, he discusses the current state of the world and the interconnected challenges it faces in various spheres, including economic, environmental, geopolitical, and governance.
Summers highlights one of the significant achievements of recent years – the unprecedented decline in global poverty over the last fifty years. He also talks about America’s role in fostering a well-functioning, rules-based global system. Additionally, he addresses current issues such as inflation and policies to combat inequality and shares his thoughts on economists’ role in shaping policy.
With his extensive experience in government and significant impact on economics through his research, Larry is well-equipped to delve into these issues. Holding positions such as Director of the National Economic Council, Secretary of the Treasury, Chief Economist at the World Bank, President of Harvard University, and Managing Partner at D.E. Shaw, Larry has an impressive resume that speaks to his expertise in economics and public policy.
The conversation is far-reaching and offers valuable insights into the state of the world today as well as potential strategies for addressing its complex challenges.