Rob Johnson

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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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2012: A Year in Review

Article | Dec 21, 2012

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Andy Haldane asks: What have the economists ever done for us?

Article | Oct 9, 2012

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What About the Questions That Economics Can’t Answer?

Article | Sep 24, 2012

Can economics be morally centered? And perhaps more importantly, should it be?

Sleepwalking with Heiner

Article | Aug 3, 2012

A Response to Heiner Flassbeck’s questions about the Institute’s Council on the Euro Crisis

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Why Economists Need the Arts

Video | Sep 13, 2017

Engaging in music, literature and the arts is essential for understanding context and human behavior—which economists so often miss

How Elite Financial Networks Rule the World

Video | Aug 30, 2017

Personal connections are key to understanding concentrations of wealth and power

Political Economy, Technocracy, and the New Gilded Age

Article | Aug 28, 2017

In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Robert Johnson, about the political economy, inequality, and the failings of our technocratic institutions.

The Four Horsemen of the Econopocalypse

Video | Jul 26, 2017

If standard economic theory can’t explain a traffic jam, how can it cope with crises?

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