former vice-chair of the federal reserve
The financial crisis
Alan Blinder is Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He has been on the Princeton faculty since 1971, taking time off from January 1993 through January 1996 for service in the U.S. government - first as a member of President Clinton’s original Council of Economic Advisers, and then as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
In January 2013, Professor Blinder published “After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead” (Penguin), to wide critical acclaim.
His latest book, published in March 2018, is "Advice And Dissent: why America suffers when politics and economics collide". Here he seeks to explain why economic policy so often comes up short - and how a little quiet logic, and a lot less politics, could make it much better. It also tries to lay out a blueprint for how economists and politicians can up their game.
In addition to his academic writings and his best-selling introductory textbook, he has written many newspaper and magazine columns and op-eds and, in recent years, has been a regular columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He also appears frequently on PBS, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and others.
Professor Blinder is a Distinguished Fellow and past vice president of the American Economic Association, a past president of the Eastern Economic Association, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
Alan is one of America's foremost economic thinkers and practitioners, known both for his academic rigour and his contributions to the public debate on economic policy-making.
His latest book is particularly timely, given the context of rising tensions around trade and protectionism.