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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The Financial World Five Years after Lehman Brothers

Article | Sep 16, 2013

What have we learned about the American political economy from the crisis and its aftermath?

The Real Story of Detroit's Collapse

Article | Jul 23, 2013

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Dancing in the Dark: Creating an Economics for the 21st Century

Article | May 12, 2013

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, many of our policy makers and top economists are still stumbling in the dark.

A new way of thinking in economics

Article | Apr 2, 2013

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Video | Aug 22, 2018

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Video | Aug 15, 2018

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Video | Aug 8, 2018

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When Meritocracy Breeds Greed

Video | Jul 18, 2018

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