James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy

Director, Center for Global Economic Governance

Member, The Committee on Global Thought

Jan Svejnar focuses on the effects of government policies on firms, labor, and capital markets; corporate and national governance and performance; and entrepreneurship.

Professor Svejnar previously served as director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is also a founder and Chairman of CERGE-EI in Prague (an American-style PhD program in economics that educates economists for Central-East Europe and the Newly Independent States). He serves as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CSOB Bank and Co-Editor of the Economics of Transition. He is also a Fellow of the European Economic Association and Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (London) and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn).

From 1996 to 2004, Professor Svejnar was the Executive Director of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. From 1992 to 1997 he served as the Founding Director of the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He also served as Co-Director of the Transition Programme at the Center for Economic Policy Research in London, President of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies, President of the International Association for the Economics of Labor-Management, Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Governing Board member of the European Economic Association, and advisor to numerous policy makers, institutions and firms.

He is the author and editor of a number of books and has published widely in academic, policy and practitioner-oriented journals in advanced and emerging market economies, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Economica, Economics of Transition, European Business Forum, European Economic Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of the European Economic Association, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Labor Economics, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics.

Professor Svejnar also taught at the University of Pittsburgh and at Cornell University.

In 2008, Professor Svejnar was one of two candidates for the Presidency of the Czech Republic.


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Select Honors and Awards

  • Neuron Prize for lifelong achievement, Karel Janeček Endowment for Research and Science, 2012


  • PhD, Economics, Princeton University
  • MA, Economics, Princeton University
  • BS, Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations