Bulgaria Former FinMin Simeon Djankov to Lecture at Harvard

Finance | July 27, 2013, Saturday // 18:43|  views

Bulgaria's former deputy prime minister and finance minister, Simeon Djankov, will be a lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School, the prestigious US institution has confirmed.

The information was published on the site of Harvard Kennedy School, accompanied by a short presentation of Djankov.

The former minister has been appointed adjunct lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.

According to earlier media publications, Simeon Djankov, finance minister in the previous Cabinet of PM, Boyko Borisov, and his center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, had received offers to teach at the prestigious Harvard and Stanford.

After the resignation of the GERB government back in February 2013, Djankov announced this was the end of his political career, stressing he will focus on academics from now on.

Now he has confirmed he is writing a book – “Inside the Euro Crisis”.

The former finance minister, a firm proponent of fiscal discipline, disagrees with those analysts, who say the "Borisov" government fell due to its austerity drive.

Prior to his cabinet appointment, Simeon Djankov was the Chief economist of the finance and private sector vice-presidency of the World Bank.

In his fourteen years at the World Bank, he worked on regional trade agreements in North Africa, enterprise restructuring and privatization in transition economies, corporate governance in East Asia, and regulatory reforms around the world.

He is the founder of the World Bank's Doing Business project.

Simeon Djankov was a principal author of the World Development Report 2002, an associate editor of the Journal of Comparative Economics from 2004 to 2009, and Chairman of the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2012-2013.

He is also a member of the Knowledge and Advisory Council at the World Bank. Simeon Djankov holds a 1997 economics doctorate from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

He has published over 70 articles in professional journals. Journals include the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics. He has also co-edited the book "Resolution of Financial Crises," with Stijn Claessens and Ashoka Mody.

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