Rob Johnson

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Rob Johnson serves as President of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

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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Restoring Public Good — Now and for the Future

Article | May 5, 2021

Restoring faith in governance and public action is itself a public good that would prepare us for a whole myriad of challenges on the horizon

Rule Number 1 for Government Bailouts of Companies: Make Sure Voters and Taxpayers Share in the Upside

Article | Mar 23, 2020

If the public is to be called upon for the second time in twelve years to bail out businesses, it should get something back for its money. Bailed out firms should be compelled to issue convertible bonds to the government.

INET Plenary Rescheduled

News Feb 28, 2020

In light of the growing concerns over the coronavirus, we have decided to postpone the INET Plenary to October 13-15, 2020 (originally slated for April 13-15, 2020)

Why We Need the Knightian Uncertainty Hypothesis

Article | Mar 4, 2019

INET’s President introduces a new research program that challenges orthodox assumptions about the limits of economic knowledge

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INET at the Trento Economics Festival

The Return of the State: Businesses, Communities, Institutions

Event Conference | Jun 3–6, 2021

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Tax the Rich

Video | Apr 14, 2021

“Patriotic people pay taxes.”

The Identity War

Video | Apr 7, 2021

Your identity is being used against you. Can economics help?

The Master Algorithm

Video | Mar 16, 2021

What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us

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

Nov 21, 2016 Background Briefing with Ian Masters