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Robert Johnson

Rob Johnson serves as President of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Finance Project for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York.

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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Hogarth and Soyer on the Hollow Men

Article | Jun 30, 2012

A poem seems to be an almost perfect metaphor for the modern corporate world.

What are economists for, anyway?

News May 20, 2012

Who does the economist serve: powerful interests or society?

Tom Ferguson and Rob Johnson on Debt, Growth, and Austerity

News Apr 17, 2011

Deficit Fantasies in the Great Recession

When Wolves Cry “Wolf”: Systemic Financial Crises and the Myth of the Danaid Jar

Article | Apr 10, 2010

Presented at the inaugural Conference at King’s College

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What Are the Moral Limits of Markets?

Video | Apr 10, 2014

In recent decades, market values have crowded out non- market norms in almost every aspect of life—medicine, education, government, law, art, sports, even family life and personal relations. Without quite realizing it, we have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society. Is this where we want to be?

Building a Bridge Between Political And Economic Reform

Video | Feb 23, 2014

In this “New Economic Thinking” interview, EBRD Chief Economist and Special Adviser to the President Erik Berglof, who also is a member of the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s Governing Board, discusses the report’s findings with Institute President Rob Johnson.

Finance to Support Growth

Video | Dec 12, 2013

What is most demoralizing to participants in the financial markets? Falling prices? Constant volatility? How about a vacuum of trust?

The Moral Limits of Markets

Video | Dec 3, 2013

What happens when a market-based economy becomes a market-based society?

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