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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The ECB Can Save the Euro – But It Has To Change Its Business Model

Article | Jul 29, 2012

How must the European institutional structure be modified to fortify the euro zone?

Paul de Grauwe: The ECB Can Save the Euro – But It Has To Change Its Business Model

Article | Jul 29, 2012

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Math or Society: Did Economists Forget Who They’re Supposed to Serve?

Article | Jul 11, 2012

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Article | Jul 2, 2012

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Money Matters

Video | Nov 7, 2018

Neoclassical economics dismisses the role of money and the state in the economy. Keynes scholar Robert Skidlesky says it’s time for a re-evaluation.

Can AI Free Humans from ‘Routine’ Work?

Video | Oct 10, 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to replace routine jobs, says Dr. Kai-Fu Lee. But done right, that process could allow us to “pursue dreams, spend time with our loved ones and find out why we exist as humans”

The End of American Exceptionalism

Video | Oct 3, 2018

“We don’t look after each other at all,” says Jeffrey Sachs on America today

Rob Johnson on Background Briefing

News Oct 1, 2018

INET President Rob Johnson appears on Background Briefing with Ian Masters to discuss the tenth anniversary of the bailout

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

Nov 21, 2016 Background Briefing with Ian Masters