In this episode, Lawrence Summers discusses the current state of the world and the interconnected challenges it faces in the economic, environmental, geopolitical, and governance spheres. With his extensive experience in government and his significant impact on economics through his research, Larry is well-equipped to delve into these issues.
Larry addresses a range of topics including the unprecedented decline in global poverty over the last fifty years and America’s role in fostering a well-functioning, rules-based global system. He also discusses current experiences with inflation, policies to combat inequality, and the role of economists in shaping policy.
Holding the position of University Professor at Harvard University, Larry has an impressive resume that includes serving as Director of the National Economic Council, Secretary of the Treasury, Chief Economist at the World Bank, President of Harvard University, and Managing Partner at D.E. Shaw. The conversation is far-reaching and offers valuable insights into the state of the world today as well as potential strategies for addressing its complex challenges.