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George Soros

George Soros is founder and chair of Soros Fund Management LLC and the Open Society Foundations. Born in Budapest in 1930, he survived the Nazi occupation during World War II and fled communist-dominated Hungary in 1947 for England, where he graduated from the London School of Economics. He then settled in the United States, where he accumulated a large fortune through the international investment fund he founded and managed.

Soros has been active as a philanthropist since 1979, when he began providing funds to help black students attend Cape Town University in apartheid South Africa. The Open Society Foundations today operate in more than 100 countries, with annual expenditures of roughly $800 million, working to promote the values of open society, human rights, and transparency.

Soros is the author of over a dozen books, including The Tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival? (2014). His articles and essays on politics, society, and economics regularly appear in major newspapers and magazines around the world.


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A Better Bailout Was Possible

Article | Sep 20, 2018

Back in 2008, a critical opportunity was missed when the burden of post-crisis adjustment was tilted heavily in favor of creditors relative to debtors. The result was not only prolonged stagnation, but also the Republican Party’s embrace of demagogic populism and the election of Donald Trump.

The Promise of Regrexit

Article | Jul 12, 2016

Europe’s leaders must recognize that the EU is on the verge of collapse. Instead of blaming one another, they should pull together and adopt exceptional measures.

Brexit and the Future of Europe

Article | Jun 27, 2016

The European Union is headed for a disorderly disintegration, and can only be saved if it is reconstructed to satisfy citizens’ needs and aspirations

George Soros's Speech at Opening Session - INET Berlin

News Apr 12, 2012

Soros’s remarks about the 2008 crash

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George Soros: 10 Years After the Crash

Video | Sep 15, 2018

George Soros and Rob Johnson Discuss the Causes and Consequences of the 2008 Financial Crisis

Quartz: Rob Johnson on George Soros's Plan for Europe

News Jun 4, 2018

Quartz features INET President Rob Johnson on INET Co-Founder George Soros’s plan to save the EU

The Efficiency of Markets

Article | Sep 30, 2015

A student of microeconomics learns that any competitive equilibrium leads to a Pareto efficient outcome (First Fundamental Theorem of Welfare Economics). What do we mean by the efficiency or inefficiency of markets?

Liberté, Égalité, Fragilité

Event Conference | Apr 8–11, 2015

The Institute for New Economic Thinking held its sixth Annual Conference from April 8 to April 11, 2015, in collaboration with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.