About | Clausen Center


About the Center

The mission of the Clausen Center is to promote path-breaking scholarly research, enhance teaching in the area of international economics and finance, and contribute to the policy dialogue on these issues.  Berkeley researchers have a long tradition of combining outstanding academic work with a commitment to public service.

The Clausen Center follows this tradition by engaging in continued dialogue with policy makers and pursuing work that is rigorous, insightful and firmly anchored in reality. The Clausen Center complements Berkeley’s wide net of centers and institutes devoted to the study of international issues and community engagement..

The Center offers an array of activities to accomplish its objectives, including:


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The Clausen Center was founded in 1995 by a generous gift from the former World Bank President and Bank of America President and CEO, Mr. Tom Clausen (1923-2003).  Mr. Clausen’s childhood dream was to become a “transnational citizen”. He achieved this by visiting over 100 countries in his life, by serving as President of the World Bank between 1981 and 1986, and by maintaining a life-long commitment to international development and education.  In 2004, Tom Clausen was given a "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the Haas School in recognition of his private- and public-sector leadership in domestic economic affairs and the global economy. An article on his career and involvement with the Clausen Center appeared in Haas Alumni magazine in its Winter 2005 edition:

Tom Clausen’s global citizenship was reflected in his participation on the boards of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the UC San Francisco Foundation, the Haas Business School at UC Berkeley, and Carthage College in Wisconsin, his alma mater. He also served as a trustee of the Asia Foundation and the International Center for Economic Growth, and was a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, the Brookings Institution, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, the California Business-Higher Education Forum, and Korea-U.S. Wisemen's Council. He received awards from the governments of Italy, Japan, Senegal, South Korea, Spain, and Venezuela.

For more on Tom Clausen’s period at the World Bank, please see - here