Rob Johnson

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Rob Johnson serves as President of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

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.

By this expert

Breaking the Stranglehold of the Orthodoxy in Economics

Article | May 28, 2018

Introducing INET’s body of work on dysfunctions in research evaluation, Rob Johnson shows how breaking academic conformity is vital for the economics profession—and the economy itself.

Learning from MLK, the Inconvenient Hero

Article | Apr 4, 2018

The vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years later, and the relevance of his economic ideas today

Visions Beyond the Haunted House

Article | Mar 14, 2018

Reflections on the Radical Vision of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last Major Speech

Is There Another Bear in the Woods? How Not to Celebrate a 10th Anniversary

Article | Mar 14, 2018

As the U.S. Congress works to undo financial regulation, INET reflects on the lessons of the Bear Stearns bailout

Featuring this expert

How Liberals Normalized Conservative Ideas

Video | Aug 28, 2019

The New York Times’ Binyamin Appelbaum explains the role Democratic presidents, from Kennedy to Obama, in moving economic policy to the right

A Brief History of Doom

Video | Jun 26, 2019

Richard Vague and Rob Johnson discuss the role of excessive lending in causing financial crises throughout history

NextGen

Private Debt Initiative

Event Conference | Hosted by Private Debt | Jun 20–21, 2019

Shaped by the 2008 financial crisis, a new generation of economists is expanding the boundaries of economic thinking on credit cycles, private debt, and financial stability.

The Perils of Treating Schools Like Corporations

Video | May 29, 2019

Treating education like a market is all the rage. But it hurts students, and our society.

Offsite links

Will Trump’s White Working Class Voters Be Seduced and Abandoned?

Nov 21, 2016 Background Briefing with Ian Masters