Alan Stuart Blinder

Princeton University
Economist; Educator
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Alan S. Blinder is the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and a regular columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He speaks frequently to financial and other audiences.

Dr. Blinder served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from June 1994 until January 1996. In this position, he represented the Fed at various international meetings, and was a member of the Board's committees on Bank Supervision and Regulation, Consumer and Community Affairs, and Derivative Instruments. He also chaired the Board in the Chairman's absence. Before becoming a member of the Board, Dr. Blinder served as a Member of President Clinton's original Council of Economic Advisers from January 1993 until June 1994. There he was in charge of the Administration's macroeconomic forecasting and also worked intensively on budget, international trade, and health care issues.

Dr. Blinder is the author or co-author of 23 books, including the textbook Economics: Principles and Policy (now with the late William Baumol and John Solow), which is now in its 14th edition, and from which over three million college students have learned introductory economics. His best-selling book, After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead (2013) won several awards. Advice and Dissent: Why America Suffers When Economics and Politics Collide (2018) was published by Basic Books. His latest book, A Monetary and Fiscal History of the United States, 1961–2021 was published by Princeton University Press in October 2022. Blinder has written scores of scholarly articles on such topics as fiscal policy, central banking, offshoring, and the distribution of income. He also appears frequently on PBS, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, and elsewhere.

Dr. Blinder was previously President of the Eastern Economic Association and Vice President of the American Economic Association. He has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He also serves on academic advisory panels for the Hamilton Project, the Center for America Progress, and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

Dr. Blinder is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bretton Woods Committee, and a former governor of the American Stock Exchange. He has also had a successful business career, co-founding two entrepreneurial start-ups.

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