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

“How could Michigan officials possibly talk about cutting the average $19,000-a-year pension benefit for municipal workers while reaffirming their pledge of$283 million in taxpayer money to a professional hockey stadium?

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

What is the purpose of economics?

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When Meritocracy Breeds Greed

Video | Jul 18, 2018

Journalist Steven Brill discusses how the U.S. lost sight of the common good

We Can—And Must—Reform Capitalism

Video | Jun 27, 2018

Fred Block says capitalism is not an unchanging monolith—which means we can make it better

Another Financial Crisis Could Be Coming

Video | Jun 20, 2018

Michael Greenberger says unregulated credit default swaps could take down the economy—and taxpayers—again

Quartz: Rob Johnson on George Soros's Plan for Europe

News Jun 4, 2018

Quartz features INET President Rob Johnson on INET Co-Founder George Soros’s plan to save the EU

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