James K. Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair of Government/Business Relations at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin, and a professorship in Government. His most recent book, “Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe” was published in 2016. Besides this has written several other books including “Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis” which was published in March, 2012 by Oxford University Press and, “The End of Normal,” which was published in September 2014.
Galbraith holds degrees from Harvard and Yale (Ph.D. in Economics, 1981). He studied economics as a Marshall Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and served on the staff of the U.S. Congress, including as Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee in the early 1980s.
<p>Considered one of the United States’ most distinguished economists, Galbraith’s recent research has focused on the measurement and understanding of inequality in the world economy, and on the financial crisis. He is a Senior Scholar with the Levy Economics Institute, and was the Chair of the Board of Economists for Peace and Security until 2016, an international association of professional economists. In 2010 he was elected to the Lincean Academy (the oldest honorific scientific academy in the world. Founded in 1603, the academy counts Galileo Galilei among its original members and has remained an elite organization, currently housing only 540 members). For 2012, he was President of the Association for Evolutionary Economics.
He writes a column called “Econoclast” for Mother Jones, and occasional commentary in many other publications, including The Texas Observer, The American Prospect, and The Nation. He is an occasional commentator for Public Radio International’s Marketplace.
He is a challenging, dynamic and eloquent speaker on matters relating to the global financial and economic issues, with a special focus on rethinking certain economic ‘fundamentals’ post the 2008 Financial Crash.