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.

By this expert

What are economists for, anyway?

News May 20, 2012

Who does the economist serve: powerful interests or society?

Tom Ferguson and Rob Johnson on Debt, Growth, and Austerity

News Apr 17, 2011

Deficit Fantasies in the Great Recession

When Wolves Cry “Wolf”: Systemic Financial Crises and the Myth of the Danaid Jar

Article | Apr 10, 2010

Presented at the inaugural Conference at King’s College

When Wolves Cry “Wolf”: Systemic Financial Crises and the Myth of the Danaid Jar

Paper Conference paper | | Apr 2010

Financial crises are staggeringly costly. Only major wars rival them in the burdens they place on public finances.

Featuring this expert

Reawakening

From the Origins of Economic Ideas to the Challenges of Our Time

Event Plenary | Oct 21–23, 2017

INET gathered hundreds of new economic thinkers in Edinburgh to discuss the past, present, and future of the economics profession.

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.

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

Nov 21, 2016 Background Briefing with Ian Masters