Thomas Ferguson


Thomas Ferguson is the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s Director of Research Projects and a member of its Advisory Board. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Senior Fellow at Better Markets. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and taught formerly at MIT and the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Golden Rule (University of Chicago Press, 1995) and Right Turn (Hill & Wang, 1986). His articles have appeared in many scholarly journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Economic History. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Political Economy and a longtime Contributing Editor at The Nation.

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-varn6-How Money Drives US Congressional Elections

-varn7-Paper -varn9-Working Paper Series | | Aug 2016 -varn13-

-varn14- Social scientists have stubbornly held that money and election outcomes are at most weakly linked. New research provides clear evidence to the contrary.

-varn6-Is There Another Bear in the Woods? How Not to Celebrate a 10th Anniversary

-varn7-Article | Mar 14, 2018 -varn13-

-varn14- As the U.S. Congress works to undo financial regulation, INET reflects on the lessons of the Bear Stearns bailout

-varn6-Britney and the Bear: Who Says You Can’t Get Good Help Anymore?

-varn7-Article | Mar 14, 2018 -varn13-

-varn14- From the Archives: In the wake of the Bear Stearns bailout in 2008, INET Research Director Tom Ferguson and President Rob Johnson say taxpayers rescuing banks are owed their due: “If the public is going to pay for [bailouts]… it should also get paid back for them.”

-varn6-INET Research in a Stressful Year

-varn7-Article | Feb 23, 2018 -varn13-

-varn14- In the face of  laissez-faire capitalism at home and resurgent nationalism across the globe, INET offers an innovative look at the causes of—and solutions for—the problems that ail a fissuring world economy.

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-varn6-Stark New Evidence on How Money Shapes America’s Elections

-varn7-Article | Aug 8, 2016 -varn13-

-varn14- Oversights of two generations of social scientists have weakened democracy.


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-The Next Generation of New Economic Thinkers

-varn7-Video | Mar 7, 2017 -varn13-

-varn14- Explore your curiosity in economics in an open and critical community.

-varn6-YSI @ 2016 Trento Festival of Economics "Where growth happens" This year’s Trento Festival of Economics has the theme “Where growth happens”.

-varn7-YSI Event -varn8-Conference YSI-varn11- | Hosted by Political Economy of Europe | Jun 2–5, 2016 -varn13-

-varn14- The Young Scholars Initiative and its working groups will be hosting meetings and discussions in and around the 2016 Trento Festival of Economics.