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Robert Johnson

Rob Johnson serves as President of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Finance Project for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York.

Johnson is an international investor and consultant to investment funds on issues of portfolio strategy. He recently served on the United Nations Commission of Experts on International Monetary Reform under the Chairmanship of Joseph Stiglitz.

Previously, Johnson was a Managing Director at Soros Fund Management where he managed a global currency, bond and equity portfolio specializing in emerging markets. Prior to working at Soros Fund Management, he was a Managing Director of Bankers Trust Company managing a global currency fund.

Johnson served as Chief Economist of the US Senate Banking Committee under the leadership of Chairman William Proxmire (D. Wisconsin). Before this, he was Senior Economist of the US Senate Budget Committee under the leadership of Chairman Pete Domenici (R. New Mexico).

Johnson was an Executive Producer of the Oscar winning documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side, directed by Alex Gibney, and is the former President of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of both the Economic Policy Institute and the Campaign for America’s Future.

Johnson received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Princeton University and a B.S. in both Electrical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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America’s Failures of Representation and Prospects for Democracy

Article | Jan 6, 2017

A concentration of wealth and power that created a twin crisis of representation — in politics, and in expertise — set the stage for Donald Trump’s election victory, and has put America’s founding principles at risk

Tides and Prejudice: Racial Attitudes During Downturns in the United States 1979-2014

Paper Conference Paper | | Nov 2016

This paper analyzes white attitudes towards African Americans in the United States at different points in a business cycle from 1979- 2014.

Why Can’t Economics See Race?

Article | Oct 19, 2016

Theoretical dogmas that are literally blind to the causes of the racism that determines the economic fates of most African-Americans leaves the economics profession unable to comprehend or recognize remedies for a key driver of America’s crippling inequality. Instead, conventional economic models unmindfully shape policies that actually exacerbate racial conflict.

Another Banking Crisis in Europe? This Time, Save Banks, Not Bankers

Article | Jul 7, 2016

If Italy or the European Union have to step in to save banks, there’s no reason for them to have to do it for free

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The Economics of Post-Factual Democracy

Debating bubbles and the implication of the post-truth phenomena and expertise on modern democracies

YSI Event Workshop YSI | Hosted by Economics of Innovation | Feb 9–10, 2017

The YSI working groups on Innovation, Complexity Economics and Philosophy of Economics invite young scholars to present their research at a one-day workshop following The Economics of Post-Factual Democracy conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

World Economic Roundtable China’s Economic Management at the Beginning of the Trump Era: Turbulence Ahead or Steady-As-You-Go

Event Discussion | Feb 1, 2017

The World Economic Roundtable seeks to help the business, investment, and policy communities understand ongoing changes in the world economy and to promote a discussion of ideas that can advance the goal of a widely shared global prosperity.

Volcker on the Treasury and the Fed, Regulation and More

Video | Dec 24, 2016

Former Treasury Secretary Paul Volcker reviews a life’s work and the pressing challenges of the moment in conversation with Institute for New Economic Thinking President Rob Johnson

Financial Crises

Shadow Banks, Short-term Debt, and Structural Issues

Event Conference | Dec 5, 2016

The Volcker Alliance and the Institute for New Economic Thinking convened a group of influential thinkers for a half-day forum to discuss regulatory and structural changes needed to ensure the stability and resilience of financial markets. 

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Will Trump’s White Working Class Voters Be Seduced and Abandoned?

Nov 21, 2016 Background Briefing with Ian Masters