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Thomas Ferguson is the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s Director of Research Projects and a member of its Advisory Board. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Senior Fellow at Better Markets. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and taught formerly at MIT and the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Golden Rule (University of Chicago Press, 1995) and Right Turn (Hill & Wang, 1986). His articles have appeared in many scholarly journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Economic History. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Political Economy and a longtime Contributing Editor at The Nation.

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The Hinge of Fate? Economic and Social Populism in the 2016 Presidential Election A Preliminary Exploration

Paper Conference paper | | Oct 2017

Support for populism is often attributed to xenophobia, racism, sexism; to anger and resentment at immigrants, racial or ethnic minorities, or “uppity” non-traditional women. According to these accounts , people who feel socially resentful may reject established politicians as favoring those “others” over people like themselves, and turn to outsider populistic leaders.

Edward Kane: Hidden Subsidies for Too Big to Fail Banks

Article | Aug 24, 2017

An examination of some little-known ways nation states and central banks prop up megabanks  

Ferguson: Monetary Policy Can't Levitate a Broken Economy

Article | Jan 9, 2017

As part of an International Economy symposium, INET Research Director Tom Ferguson assessed the challenge facing central bankers through the lens of the missing virtues of Dorothy’s travel companions in the Wizard of Oz

INET Research in a Year of Living Dangerously

Article | Dec 29, 2016

Notes from the Institute’s Director of Research on some significant papers and contributions produced in 2016 under the INET rubric 

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YSI @ 2014 Trento Festival of Economics

YSI Event Workshop YSI | May 29–Jun 1, 2014

The Young Scholars Initiative will be hosting various events and activities in cooperation with the Festival of Economics and the University of Trento in Italy, from May 30 to June 2, 2014.