Lawrence Krohn

Lawrence Krohn

Mugar 251
160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
Research/Areas of Interest:

Latin America with focus on financial markets, especially those for currency and sovereign debt


  • M.A., Economics, Columbia University
  • Ph.D., Economics, Columbia University
  • B.S., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Lawrence Krohn, Adjunct Professor of International Economics, specializes in Latin America and the global macro economy. In 2008, he returned to academia after a 25-year career in financial services, during which he served initially as international and U.S. economist, later (from 1992) as chief economist for Latin America at several banks (some of blessed memory), including Lehman Brothers, UBS, DLJ, ING, and Standard Bank. During those years, he wrote regularly on Latin America, made frequent research trips to the region, and visited portfolio managers around the globe.

Larry graduated from Penn’s Wharton School, served two years in the U.S. Peace Corps (Tunisia) and earned his Ph.D. in economics at Columbia University, where he specialized in mathematical and international economics. He taught economics at Oberlin College and the University of Quebec (Montreal) before embarking on his financial services career. In 2012, Larry received the James L. Paddock Teaching Award.

He is currently writing on macroeconomic problems that have constrained Latin economic growth and stability, with emphasis on the misguided policies underlying the disappointing performance of the last several decades. He remains passionate not only about economics, but also about dogs, music of all sorts, movies, foreign travel, and foreign languages.

Areas of expertise

International Business
International Finance & Monetary Policy
International Politics

Professional Activities

  • Head – Economic and Strategic Research – the Americas, at Standard New York (2006-2008)
  • Senior Economist, IDEAglobal (2004-2005)
  • Managing Director, Head of Sovereign Debt Strategy/Economics, Latin America for ING Financial Markets (2000-2003)
  • Chief Economist for Latin America, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (1998-2000)
  • Managing Director, Chief Economist and Equity Strategist (Latin America), Union Bank of Switzerland (1994-1998)
  • Senior International Economist, Lehman Brothers (1986-1994)
  • Has also taught at: New York University, Columbia University, Oberlin College, Laval University, Universite du Quebec

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