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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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.

Institute Grantee Appointed Central Bank Governor

Article | Oct 20, 2015

The Institute extends its congratulations to Philip Lane, who has been named to succeed Patrick Honohan as the Irish central bank chief, and inherit his role on the council of the ECB.

"Why the Rich Are So Much Richer"

Article | Sep 16, 2015

Institute Grantee and Advisory Board member Joseph Stiglitz isn’t just a loud voice in the battle against inequality, some might say he’s leading the charge.

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How Liberals Normalized Conservative Ideas

Video | Aug 28, 2019

The New York Times’ Binyamin Appelbaum explains the role Democratic presidents, from Kennedy to Obama, in moving economic policy to the right

A Brief History of Doom

Video | Jun 26, 2019

Richard Vague and Rob Johnson discuss the role of excessive lending in causing financial crises throughout history

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Private Debt Initiative

Event Conference | Hosted by Private Debt | Jun 20–21, 2019

Shaped by the 2008 financial crisis, a new generation of economists is expanding the boundaries of economic thinking on credit cycles, private debt, and financial stability.

The Perils of Treating Schools Like Corporations

Video | May 29, 2019

Treating education like a market is all the rage. But it hurts students, and our society.

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

Nov 21, 2016 Background Briefing with Ian Masters