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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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Adair Turner’s Debt Addiction Remarks Turn Heads

Article | Feb 27, 2014

Adair Lord Turner’s powerful comments about the global economy’s addiction to private debt are continuing to reverberate around the world.

Escaping The Addiction to Private Debt Is Essential for Long-Term Economic Stability

Article | Feb 10, 2014

Inflation targeting insufficient: central banks and governments must manage the quantity and mix of credit created

Roiling India Politics Risks Economic Reforms

Article | Jan 24, 2014

India’s economic leaders are determined to rein in skyrocketing inflation, but the country’s volatile political landscape may prevent reforms from taking hold.

Capital Markets Balkanization Should Not Prevent Regulation

Article | Jan 13, 2014

Fears that bank regulation or capital controls could lead to a “balkanisation” of global capital markets are overstated and should not constrain policy action to address the problems created by volatile short term capital flows and excessive credit creation, says Adair Turner, Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and former chairman of the United Kingdom Financial Services Authority.

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Class Divide: Same Street, Different Destinations

Video | Oct 3, 2016

Marc Levin highlights the recent effects of hyper-gentrification in New York City’s West Chelsea, focusing on an intersection where an elite private school sits directly across the street from public housing projects.

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Video | Sep 28, 2016

If additional education is not the solution to racial inequality, what is?

Modern Monopolies

Video | Jul 21, 2016

With the power of modern computing being harnessed into increasingly small and portable devices, what do digital platforms mean for the entrenched global economy?

Understanding China’s Cultural Revolution

Video | Jun 22, 2016

Frank Dikötter explores previously classified Chinese leadership documents, and attempts to set the record straight.

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