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Michael G. Plummer

Director, 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 author/co-author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters. His PhD is in economics from Michigan State University.




  • Southeast Asia


  • Economics
  • Economic Development
  • International Financial Markets
  • International Finance
  • International Trade Theory and Policy


  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese

In the News

RCEP is against trade war, will promote free trade.

Michael G. Plummer quoted in China Daily, 12/31

Why South Korea should join the CPTPP.

Michael G. Plummer wrote in Nikkei Asian Review, 11/29

Trade: With China, the largest free trade area is born in Asia.

Michael G. Plummer cited in Les Echos, 11/03

Strategic competition between the U.S. and China: Implications for Korea.

Michael G. Plummer wrote for The Sejong Institute, 10/31

Global trading system not at tipping point yet.

Michael G. Plummer interviewed in Unravel, 07/06

Trans-Pacific treaty TPP-11: Debunking myths.

Michael G. Plummer participated in Universidad del Desarrollo of Chile webinar, 04/27

Changing winds of globalisation and ASEAN’s growing role.

Michael G. Plummer interviewed in Unravel, 03/02

ASEAN and megaregionalism: Challenges ahead.

Michael G. Plummer wrote for American Committee on Asian Economic Studies, 02/25

RCEP and EU-China CAI: What's in it for Italy and Europe.

Michael G. Plummer participated in Italy-ASEAN Association webinar, 02/24

Trade tonic.

Michael G. Plummer cited in Bangkok Post, 01/25

RCEP: The future of trade in Asia.

Michael G. Plummer cited in The Diplomat, 12/08

Asia chooses to go on its own.

Michael G. Plummer cited in The Express Tribune, 11/30