President Clinton appointed Laura D'Andrea Tyson to his Cabinet in February of 1993. She is currently on leave from the University of California at Berkeley, where she is Professor of Economics and Business Administration. Formally she was the Director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE). She received a B.A. summa cum laude from Smith College in 1969 and a Ph.D in economics in 1974 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Tyson has been visiting scholar at the Institute for International Economics, and a member of the Cuomo Commission on Trade and Competitiveness, The Advisory Board of Economic Strategy Institute, the Conference Board Economics Colloquium, the Economic Policy Institute Research Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Subcommittee on Global Economic Strategy for the United States. She was a member of the "Los Angeles Times" Board of Economists from 1989-1992.
Professor Tyson is the author of "Who's Bashing Whom? Trade Conflict in High Technology Industries" (Washington, D.C., Institute for International Economics, 1992). She has written a number of other books and articles on the economics of competitiveness. Her publications in this area include: Amercian Industry in International Competition (co-edited with John Zysman), Cornell University Press, 1987; Competitiveness: An analysis of the Problem and a Perspective on Future Policy, "Global Competitiveness: Getting the U.S. Back on Track " (edited by Martin Dickens and John Zysman), Ballinger, 1988; and Politics and Productivity: The Real story of How Japan Works (co-edited with Chalmers Johnson and John Zysman), Ballinger, 1989. Managed Trade: Making the Best of the Second Best appeared in An American Trade Strategy: Options for the 1990's, Robert Z. Lawrence and Charles L. Schultze Editors the Brookings Institute, 1990.
Dr. Tyson has also written extensively on the economies of Eastern Europe. Her most recent publication in this is area is Power, Purpose and Collective Choice: Economic Strategy in Socialist States (Co-edited with Ellen Comisso), Cornell University Press, 1986.
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