Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School
Business & Public Policy | Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership
Influential scholar of economics and public policy; expert on trade and competitiveness
Laura D’Andrea Tyson is an influential scholar of economics and public policy and an expert on trade and competitiveness who has also served as a presidential adviser. She is a Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. She also chairs the Board of Trustees at UC Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies, which aims to develop solutions to global poverty. She is the former Faculty Director of the Berkeley Haas Institute for Business and Social Impact, which she launched in 2013. She served as Interim Dean of the Haas School from July to December 2018, and served previously as dean from 1998 to 2001.
Tyson was a member of President Clinton’s cabinet between 1993 and 1996. She served as Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1993 to 1995 and as Director of the White House National Economic Council from 1995 to 1996. She was the first woman to serve in those positions.
Much of Tyson’s recent research focuses on the effects of automation on the future of work. She is the Co-organizer of WITS (Work and Intelligent Tools and System), an interdisciplinary faculty group created to explore the impacts of digital technologies and artificial intelligence on working, earning, and learning.
She has also devoted considerable policy attention to the links between women’s rights and national economic performance. At the World Economic Forum (WEF), she is a member of the Global Future Council on the New Agenda for Equity and Social Justice. She is the co-author of the WEF Annual Global Gender Gap Report, which ranks nations on economic, political, education, and health gender gaps. She is also the co-author of Leave No One Behind, a report for the United Nations’ High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (2016).
In addition to serving as dean of Berkeley Haas, Tyson served as dean of London Business School from 2002 until 2006. She serves on three corporate boards and several advisory boards for several nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
Tyson is the author of numerous reports, case studies, academic papers and books on competitiveness, industrial policy, international trade, and sustainable business practices. She is also regular contributor to Project Syndicate, and is a frequent media commentator on issues of U.S. and global trade and economics, high-tech competition, automation and artificial intelligence, and women’s economic empowerment.
Expertise and Research Interests
- Future of Work
- Global Economy
- U.S. Trade Policy
- High-Technology Competition
- Artificial Intelligence
- Women’s Economic Empowerment
- Progressive Federalism
- Laura Tyson and Afsaneh Beschloss. Quantitative Greening. Special Edition Magazine, Fall 2019: Sustainability.
“In the years since the signing of the Paris climate agreement, many of the world’s central banks and leading financial regulatory authorities have started to create new tools to assess and manage climate-related financial risks. Behind these efforts is a shared realization: there can be no climate stability without financial stability.”
- Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca. The Progressive Resurgence of Federalism. Stanford Social Innovation Review.
- Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca. The New Era of Progressive Federalism. New America.
- Laura Tyson and Susan Lund. Globalization Is Not in Retreat: Digital Technology and the Future of Trade. Foreign Affairs.
- Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca. Entrepreneurs: Spread the Start-Up Wealth Around. Democracy Journal.
- Laura Tyson & Susan Lund. The Promise of Digital Finance. European Financial Review.
- Laura Tyson and Jennifer Walske. Better Ventures: Backing Entrepreneurs, Building a Better World. Berkeley Haas Case Studies.
- Laura Tyson and Jennifer Walske. Bridges Fund Management. Berkeley Haas Case Studies.
- Laura Tyson and Jeni Klugman. Leave No One Behind: A Call to Action for Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.
- Laura Tyson and Jennifer Walske. Sanergy: Tackling Sanitation in Kenyan Slums. Berkeley Haas Case Studies.
- Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca. Entrepreneurs: Spread the Start-Up Wealth Around. Democracy Journal.
- Automation and the Future of Work in Germany
Automation and the digitization of work are having significant effects on the German labor market and are challenging policymakers to modernize the existing and proven instruments of Germany’s distinctive “social market” economy. The COVID19 pandemic is accelerating the pace and scope of these technological changes and intensifying their effects on how work is done. To inform the modifications in policies and institutions necessary to achieve the goals of Germany’s social market system, it is necessary to understand these effects and to predict how they are likely to develop in a post-pandemic future.
This report addresses these questions based on research by both German and international scholars and organizations and on interviews with economists, policy-makers and business and labor leaders in Germany. The report focuses in particular on how automation, broadly defined to encompass a variety of technologies including robots, software, digital systems and platforms, and artificial intelligence, is changing the size and composition of employment, the level and distribution of wages, and the educational and skill requirements for different kinds of work, and on the policy implications of these changes.
Current Academic Positions
2016 – present: Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
2006 – present: Chair, Board of Trustees, Steering Committee Member, Blum Center for Developing Economies, UC Berkeley
2019 – Present: Founder and Co-Faculty Director, Sustainable and Impact Finance Initiative, Institute for Business & Social Impact, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
2019 – Present: Faculty Director, Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative, Institute for Business & Social Impact, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Past Academic Positions
August 2019 – July 2020: Interim Director, Institute for Business & Social Impact, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
2013 – 2019: Faculty Director, Institute for Business & Social Impact, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
July – Dec. 2018: Interim Dean, Haas School of Business
1992 – 2016: Professor of Business Administration and Economics, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
2008 – 2013: S. K. and Angela Chan Chair in Global Management, Haas School of Business
2002 – 2006: Dean, London Business School
1998 – 2001: Dean, Haas School of Business
1997 – 1998: Class of 1939 Professor of Economics and Business Administration, UC Berkeley
1978 – 2006: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley
1990 – 1992: Director of the Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley
1988 – 1992: Director of Research, Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, UC Berkeley
1974 – 1977: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Princeton University
Past Government Positions
1995 – 1996: Chairman, National Economic Council, Executive Office of the President of the United States of America
1993 – 1995: Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President of the United States of America
- (Selected list – please see curriculum vitae for full list of affiliations)
- Board of Trustees, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
- Organizer, Berkeley Work and Intelligent Tools and Systems (WITS)
- Advisory Council: The Brookings Institution, Hamilton Project; Social Finance US
- Senior External Advisor, McKinsey Global Institute
- Economic Advisory Council and Board of Trustees, Center for American Progress
- Task Force Member, Rework America, Markle Foundation
- Berggruen Institute: Think Long Committee for California; 21st Century Council
- International Advisory Council, Bocconi University
- 2016 – 2017: President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Semiconductor Working Group
- 2011 – 2013: Member, President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
- 2009 – 2011: President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board
- 2011 – 2013: Member, US Department of State, Foreign Affairs Policy Board
- Special Advisor: Berkeley Research Group
- Global Economy Fellow, MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth
- Global Policy Advisor, GSG
- Board member: Opportunity Institute; The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Foundation; Philanthropy University
- Co-chair, California Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors
- Advisory Board: Angeleno Group, LLC; Generation Investment Management; Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing
- Editorial Advisory Board: The International Economy
- Senior Advisor: The Rock Creek Group
- Member of Corporate Boards: Lexmark International Inc.; Apex Swiss Holdings SARL; Stem Inc.
- Senior Advisor Group, SATMAP Incorporated (dba Afiniti), February 2021 – Present
- Co-Chair, Global Future Council for Equity and Social Justice, World Economic Forum, 2020 – Present
- Board of Directors, SeriousFun Children’s Network; Value Reporting Foundations; Philanthropy University; Interim Board Chair, Opportunity Institute
University of Lausanne, Faculty of Business and Economics, 2011
American University, 1995
Smith College, 1994
Fellowships & Grants
Richard C. Holbrooke Fellowship, American Academy in Berlin, 2019
2012 NACD DIRECTORSHIP 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance
London Business School Fellow, 2010
National Fellows Program Fellowship, Hoover Institution, 1978-1979
American Council of Learned Societies Grant, Spring Term 1977, 1978, 1979
Sloan Foundation Grant, Summer 1976
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NDEA TITLE IV Fellowship; Fulbright Fellowship; International Research and Exchanges Board Study Grant
Elected Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Club 6 Member, Haas School of Business, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2015: Award for teaching excellence based on student recommendations
Berkeley, Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California, Spring 1982
- Project Syndicate – Monthly Column, Project Syndicate
- Public-Private Decarbonization, Project Syndicate, 04/22/2022
- Democracies Must Coordinate Industrial Policies to Rebuild Economic Security, Issues in Science & Technology, 04/14/2022
- California Gov. Newsom wasn’t first to call for sanctions on Russia. But it was the right move, Los Angeles Times, 03/03/2022
- Neglecting Democracy in America, Project Syndicate, 02/21/2022
- How sanctions could pack a punch, Politico, 02/08/2022
- Balance of power, Bloomberg, 02/03/2022
- Balance of power, Bloomberg, 11/28/2021
- The causes and consequences of inflation, WBUR-FM, 10/26/2021
- The economic recovery can benefit all Americans. Here’s how, Los Angeles Times, 10/21/2021
- Labor Market is Strengthening, Bloomberg, 08/06/2021
- Why we need a national strategy to prevent computer chip shortages, Los Angeles Times, 07/27/2021
- What Post-Pandemic Repair Could Look Like, The Atlantic, 05/25/2021
- Will there be enough good jobs?, MIT Technology Review, 04/28/2021
- Democrats have a chance to invest in economic growth for all after years of frustration, CNN, 04/04/2021
- UC Berkeley’s Tyson on Biden’s $3T Infrastructure Plan, Bloomberg, 03/26/2021