Kenneth W. Dam

Kenneth W. Dam

Kenneth W. Dam (born 1932) served as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury (the second highest official in the United States Department of the Treasury) from 2001 to 2003, where he specialized in international economic development. He is currently a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution and a professor emeritus and senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.

Kenneth Dam graduated from Marysville High School, Marysville, Kansas in 1950, from the University of Kansas in 1954, and earned his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago law school in 1957. He then served as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court justice Charles Whittaker in 1957 and 1958. He became an associate at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore until he joined the University of Chicago as a law professor in 1960, becoming provost in 1980.

Dam held a number of government positions during various Republican administrations while on leave from the University of Chicago:

* Program Assistant Director for national security and international affairs at the Office of Management and Budget (1971-1973)
* Executive Director of the White House Council on Economic Policy (1973)
* Deputy Secretary of State (1982-1985)

After leaving the Reagan administration in 1985, Dam became vice president for law and external relations at IBM until 1992. He served as president and CEO of the United Way of America in 1992, and helped lead an investigation of a highly publicized scandal in the leadership of that organization and reorganize its staff and governance. He then rejoined the University of Chicago law school faculty.

He has also been an arbitrator, most notably from 1996 to 2001 under the collective bargaining agreement between professional basketball players and the National Basketball Association. Dam has served on the board of a number of public policy institutions, including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, and the Brookings Institution. He was co-chairman of the Aspen Strategy Group from 1991 to 2001 and was, during 1999 and 2000, chairman of the German-American Academic Council. From 1987 to 2001 he was a member of the board of Alcoa.


* "The Law-Growth Nexus: The Rule of Law and Economic Development", Brookings Institution Press, 2006 ISBN 0-8157-1720-2
* "The Rules of the Global Game: A New Look at US International Economic Playmaking", University Of Chicago Press, 2001 ISBN 0-226-13493-8
* "Economic Policy Beyond the Headlines", with George P. Shultz, University of Chicago Press, second edition 1998 ISBN 0-226-75599-1
* "The Rules of the Game: Reform and Evolution in the International Monetary System", University of Chicago Press, 1982 ISBN 0-226-13499-7
* "Oil Resources: Who Gets What How?", University of Chicago Press, 1978 ISBN 0-226-13498-9

External links

* [ University of Chicago law school biography of Kenneth Dam]
* [ Brookings Institution announcement on Kenneth Dam's appointment as senior fellow]
* [ Speech by Kenneth Dam on economic growth in Latin America]

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