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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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

The China Delusion

Article | Feb 18, 2016

The current bout of exchange rate anxiety is really just a symptom of the fact that China’s transition from an export-led growth strategy to one propelled by domestic consumption is proceeding far less smoothly than hoped.

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​U.N. Secretary-General Meets with INET Global Commissioners

Article | Nov 12, 2018

António Guterres and CGET Commissioners discuss cooperating on inequality, climate change, multilateralism, and more

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

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

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