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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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 

Guardian’s Wisconsin investigation points to big money’s systemic distortion of U.S. democracy

Article | Sep 15, 2016

Newspaper’s probe amplifies questions raised by our research into the impact of corporate donations onU.S. elections

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The Intercept: Donald Trump Exploited Long-Term Economic Distress to Fuel His Election Victory, Study Finds

News Oct 31, 2018

The Intercept covers a new INET paper from our Research Director Tom Ferguson and his co-authors.

Jacobin Features INET Paper on 2016 Election

News Oct 19, 2018

Jacobin Magazine features research from INET Research Director Tom Ferguson and co-authors on big business support for Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign.

Noam Chomsky Cites Thomas Ferguson's Paper

News Oct 2, 2018

In a piece for The Intercept, Noam Chomsky cites Tom Ferguson’s paper on the influence of money in US congressional elections.

Reawakening

From the Origins of Economic Ideas to the Challenges of Our Time

Event Plenary | Oct 21–23, 2017

INET gathered hundreds of new economic thinkers in Edinburgh to discuss the past, present, and future of the economics profession.