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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
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  • Japanese

In the News

New expert panel established to support UK trade negotiations.

Michael G. Plummer cited in Mirage News, 9/24

Liz Truss to rip up rules on assessing trade deals.

Michael G. Plummer cited in The Telegraph, 9/21

Is America losing East Asia? Economic stakes of Asia-Pacific cooperation post COVID-19.

Michael G. Plummer participated in East-West Center in Washington webinar, 8/25

A chance for Chinese economic leadership.

Michael G. Plummer wrote for East Asia Forum, 8/12

New East Asian trade blocs create tough choices for China.

Michael G. Plummer wrote in VoxEU, 7/9

Can Beijing ease the U.S.-China trade war through Asia-Pacific cooperation?

Michael G. Plummer wrote in South China Morning Post, 6/29

East Asia decouples from the United States: Trade war, COVID-19, and East Asia's new trade blocs.

Michael G. Plummer wrote for Peterson Institute for International Economics, 6/11

Spotlight on the economic toll of COVID-19 on Asia and strategies for recovery

Michael G. Plummer interviewed for Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies, 5/4

China eyes further Northeast Asian economic integration in RCEP

Michael G. Plummer cited in China Business Review, 4/28

Consequences concerning trade and international political relations caused by coronavirus crisis

Michael G. Plummer interviewed for U.S.-Italy Global Affairs Forum, 4/23

Should China join the new Trans‐Pacific Partnership?

Michael G. Plummer wrote in China & World Economy, 3/29

What’s going on in Asia?

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