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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Escaping The Addiction to Private Debt Is Essential for Long-Term Economic Stability

Article | Feb 10, 2014

Inflation targeting insufficient: central banks and governments must manage the quantity and mix of credit created

Roiling India Politics Risks Economic Reforms

Article | Jan 24, 2014

India’s economic leaders are determined to rein in skyrocketing inflation, but the country’s volatile political landscape may prevent reforms from taking hold.

Capital Markets Balkanization Should Not Prevent Regulation

Article | Jan 13, 2014

Fears that bank regulation or capital controls could lead to a “balkanisation” of global capital markets are overstated and should not constrain policy action to address the problems created by volatile short term capital flows and excessive credit creation, says Adair Turner, Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and former chairman of the United Kingdom Financial Services Authority.

Institute for New Economic Thinking Launches Project to Reform Undergraduate Syllabus

Article | Nov 10, 2013

In response to widespread discontent among students, employers, and university teachers, a project to create a new core curriculum for economics was launched at a seminar hosted by HM Treasury today. The CORE curriculum project, funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking, convened the meeting, which was attended by academics, policymakers, business leaders, and students from around the world.

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The Future of Work Is Going to Be More Human

Video | Mar 20, 2019

As automation takes on more routine tasks, work will become more about creativity, ethics, and empathy

The New Feudalism

Video | Jan 9, 2019

Under the guise of “philanthropy,” business elites have an increasing grip on society

Why Economics Needs a Moral Dimension

Video | Dec 7, 2018

Rob Johnson and Michael Sandel discuss the limits of rational choice

​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

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