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.

By this expert

-varn6-Another Banking Crisis in Europe? This Time, Save Banks, Not Bankers

-varn7-Article | Jul 7, 2016 -varn13-

-varn14- If Italy or the European Union have to step in to save banks, there’s no reason for them to have to do it for free

-varn6-Rebirth of the School: Why We Invested in the History of Economic Thought Website

-varn7-Article | Jun 2, 2016 -varn13-

-varn14- The Institute is proud to welcome the revival of an indispensable resource for those seeking to understand the evolution of economics in context

-varn6-The China Delusion

-varn7-Article | Feb 18, 2016 -varn13-

-varn14- The current bout of exchange rate anxiety is really just a symptom of the fact that China’s transition from an export-led growth strategy to one propelled by domestic consumption is proceeding far less smoothly than hoped.

-varn6-Institute Grantee Appointed Central Bank Governor

-varn7-Article | Oct 20, 2015 -varn13-

-varn14- The Institute extends its congratulations to Philip Lane, who has been named to succeed Patrick Honohan as the Irish central bank chief, and inherit his role on the council of the ECB.

Featuring this expert

-varn6-Commission on Global Economic Transformation Announcement

-varn7-Video | Nov 6, 2017 -varn13-

-varn14- Several founding CGET members announce the ambitious project and respond to questions from the press.

-varn6-Bloomberg: Inequality Is Biggest Danger for Global Growth, Warn Top Economists

-varn7-News Oct 24, 2017 -varn13-

-varn14- Bloomberg highlights INET’s new Commission for Global Economic Transformation


From the Origins of Economic Ideas to the Challenges of Our Time

-varn7-Event -varn8-Conference #INET2017-varn12- | Oct 21–23, 2017 -varn13-

-varn14- INET gathered hundreds of new economic thinkers in Edinburgh to discuss the past, present, and future of the economics profession.

-varn6-Why Economists Need the Arts

-varn7-Video | Sep 13, 2017 -varn13-

-varn14- Engaging in music, literature and the arts is essential for understanding context and human behavior—which economists so often miss

Offsite links

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

Nov 21, 2016 Background Briefing with Ian Masters