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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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Tides and Prejudice: Racial Attitudes During Downturns in the United States 1979-2014

Paper Conference paper | | Nov 2016

This paper analyzes white attitudes towards African Americans in the United States at different points in a business cycle from 1979- 2014.

Why Can’t Economics See Race?

Article | Oct 19, 2016

Theoretical dogmas that are literally blind to the causes of the racism that determines the economic fates of most African-Americans leaves the economics profession unable to comprehend or recognize remedies for a key driver of America’s crippling inequality. Instead, conventional economic models unmindfully shape policies that actually exacerbate racial conflict.

Another Banking Crisis in Europe? This Time, Save Banks, Not Bankers

Article | Jul 7, 2016

If Italy or the European Union have to step in to save banks, there’s no reason for them to have to do it for free

Rebirth of the School: Why We Invested in the History of Economic Thought Website

Article | Jun 2, 2016

The Institute is proud to welcome the revival of an indispensable resource for those seeking to understand the evolution of economics in context

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What Money Can't Buy Live

Event Discussion | Apr 23, 2018

To celebrate the release of our new series “What Money Can’t Buy” join Harvard University Professor Michael Sandel and INET for a live conversation exploring the role of money and morals in today’s world.

Michael Sandel on INET's What Money Can't Buy Video Series

Video | Apr 12, 2018

Ahead of the series launch, Harvard’s Michael Sandel discusses the moral limits of markets with Rob Johnson

How Unregulated Finance is Killing Democracy

Video | Apr 11, 2018

The twin threats of right-wing populism and unencumbered financial capitalism pose a crisis for democracy across the world, argues Robert Kuttner in his new book, Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

Private Debt

Event Conference | Hosted by Private Debt Initiative | Apr 6–8, 2018

With the support and partnership of the Governor’s Woods Foundation, the Institute for New Economic Thinking will convene top scholars for the Private Debt Initiative

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

Nov 21, 2016 Background Briefing with Ian Masters