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James K. Galbraith


Progressive economist James K. Galbraith is currently the Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair in government and business relations and Professor of Government at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also leads the Inequality Project, a small research group. He holds degrees from Harvard and Yale (Ph.D. in Economics, 1981) and studied economics as a Marshall Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. He has served in several positions on the staff of the U.S. Congress, including as the Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee.

He was a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution in 1985, and he held a Fulbright Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in China in the summer of 2001 and was a 2003 Carnegie Scholar.

Galbraith’s most recent book is The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too (2008).  He is also the author of Balancing Acts: Technology, Finance and the American Future, Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay, Inequality and Industrial Change: A Global View, which he co-edited with Maureen Berner and which features contributions from six LBJ School Ph.D. students, and Unbearable Cost: Bush, Greenspan and the Economics of Empire.

Galbraith serves as a senior scholar at the Levy Economics Institute and as board chair of Economists for Peace and Security. He is a contributing writer at Mother Jones, and writes occasional commentary in many other publications including The Texas Observer, The American Prospect and The Nation.