Thomas Ferguson is the Research Director at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. 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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INET Memo to G20: The Trouble with Economic Research Evaluation
In a memo for the G20, INET calls for changes to the evaluation of economic research to ensure that economic theory—and policy—is more rigorous, innovative, and in service to society.
Is There Another Bear in the Woods? How Not to Celebrate a 10th Anniversary
As the U.S. Congress works to undo financial regulation, INET reflects on the lessons of the Bear Stearns bailout
Britney and the Bear: Who Says You Can’t Get Good Help Anymore?
From the Archives: In the wake of the Bear Stearns bailout in 2008, INET Research Director Tom Ferguson and President Rob Johnson say taxpayers rescuing banks are owed their due: “If the public is going to pay for [bailouts]… it should also get paid back for them.”
INET Research in a Stressful Year
In the face of laissez-faire capitalism at home and resurgent nationalism across the globe, INET offers an innovative look at the causes of—and solutions for—the problems that ail a fissuring world economy.
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Real News Network Features INET Paper on 2016 Election
Real News Network interviews INET Research Director Tom Ferguson about his new paper on money and the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Thomas Ferguson on Background Briefing
INET Research Director Tom Ferugson talks about Donald Trump and racial resentment with Ian Masters’s Background Briefing
The Intercept: Donald Trump Exploited Long-Term Economic Distress to Fuel His Election Victory, Study Finds
The Intercept covers a new INET paper from our Research Director Tom Ferguson and his co-authors.
Jacobin Features INET Paper on 2016 Election
Jacobin Magazine features research from INET Research Director Tom Ferguson and co-authors on big business support for Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign.