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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 is chair of Economists for Peace and Security and Senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute, and in 2015 advised the Finance Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Yanis Varoufakis.

Galbraith’s most recent book is The End of Normal, published in September 2014. His previous book, The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too, was published in 2012,by Oxford University Press, and his next one, Inequality: What Everyone Needs to Know, will also be published by Oxford.

In 2010 he was elected to the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. In 2012, he was President of the Association for Evolutionary Economics. He is a 2014 co-winner of the Leontief Prize for advancing the frontiers of economic thought.