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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When the Levee Broke

Article | Sep 4, 2018

Ten years ago, the financial crisis washed away faith and trust in economics as a guide to social prosperity. Filling a void is difficult. We are still hard at work. 

INET Memo to G20: The Trouble with Economic Research Evaluation

Article | May 28, 2018

In a memo for the G20, INET calls for changes to the evaluation of economic research to ensure that economic theory—and policy—is more rigorous, innovative, and in service to society. 

Breaking the Stranglehold of the Orthodoxy in Economics

Article | May 28, 2018

Introducing INET’s body of work on dysfunctions in research evaluation, Rob Johnson shows how breaking academic conformity is vital for the economics profession—and the economy itself.

Learning from MLK, the Inconvenient Hero

Article | Apr 4, 2018

The vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years later, and the relevance of his economic ideas today

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Students Fear Ideas Not Viruses

Video | Aug 26, 2020

“Good intentions and bad ideas are setting up a generation for failure.”

Economics & Beyond Podcast

Video | Jul 22, 2020

Rob Johnson is not your average economist, and this is not your average economics podcast.

Trillions in COVID-19 Bailouts: Where Did it Go?

In Discussion: Jesse Eisinger, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Senior Reporter and Editor for ProPublica with Rob Johnson, President of INET | 12:00pm ET - 9:00am PT


Event Webinar | Jun 18, 2020

In March the US government authorized the largest domestic bailout in history. Who were the real winners and losers of this bailout? Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Jesse Eisinger has been following the money.

Has China Won?

Video | May 20, 2020

The geopolitical showdown between the United States and China is both inevitable, and avoidable.

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

Nov 21, 2016 Background Briefing with Ian Masters