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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

What’s going on in Asia?

Michael G. Plummer interviewed on Trade Matters podcast, 2/18

Cambodia loses EU tariff privileges on $1 billion worth of trade.

Michael G. Plummer quoted in Nikkei Asian Review, 2/13

The U.S. has crippled the WTO’s appeal court. What does this mean for Asia?

Michael G. Plummer quoted in South China Morning Post, 12/18

Mega‐regional agreements and their impact on Australia.

Michael G. Plummer wrote in The Australian Economic Review, 12/2

U.S.-China trade war.

Michael G. Plummer interviewed on TRT World Now, 11/5

Why the CPTPP could be the answer to the U.S.-China trade war.

Michael G. Plummer wrote in Vox EU, 10/30

Explained: The difference between the RCEP and the CPTPP.

Michael G. Plummer cited in South China Morning Post, 7/6

The U.S.-China trade war and its implications for Europe.

Michael G. Plummer wrote in Intereconomics, 5/29

The spoils of trade war: Asia’s winners and losers in U.S.-China clash.

Michael G. Plummer quoted in South China Morning Post, 5/18

China should join the new Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Michael G. Plummer wrote for the Peterson Institute for International Economics, 1/31