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James K. Galbraith

James K. Galbraith

Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government

Contact Info

SRH 3.332

Office Hours

Spring 2016: Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or by appointment

James K. Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and a professorship of Government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin. He holds degrees from Harvard and Yale (Ph.D. in economics, 1981).

He studied as a Marshall Scholar at King's College, Cambridge in 1974-1975, and then served in several positions on the staff of the U.S. Congress, including executive director of the Joint Economic Committee. He directed the LBJ School's Ph.D. Program in Public Policy from 1995 to 1997. He directs the University of Texas Inequality Project, an informal research group based at the LBJ School.

Galbraith's new book is Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2012). Previous books include The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too (Free Press, 2008), Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay (Free Press, 1998) and Balancing Acts: Technology, Finance and the American Future (Basic Books, 1989). Inequality and Industrial Change: A Global View (Cambridge University Press, 2001), is co-edited with Maureen Berner. He has co-authored two textbooks, The Economic Problem with the late Robert L. Heilbroner and Macroeconomics with William Darity, Jr. He is a managing editor of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics.

Galbraith is a member of the Lincean Academy, the oldest honorary scientific society in the world. He is a senior scholar of the Levy Economics Institute and chair of the Board of Economists for Peace and Security, a global professional network. He writes frequently for policy magazines and the general press.


Ph.D., Yale University, 1981; M. Phil., Yale University, 1978; M.A., Yale University, 1977; A.B. (magna cum laude), Harvard University, 1974

Current Positions

Chair, Economists for Peace and Security; Senior Scholar, Levy Economics Institute; Nonresident Fellow, Center for Global Development; Associate Member, Cambridge Center for Economic and Public Policy, University of Cambridge; columnist, Mother Jones

Previous Positions

Visiting scholar, The Brookings Institution (1985); Executive Director, Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress (1981-1982); economist, Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives (1975-76, 1977-80); visiting lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Maryland (1979-1980).

Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too (The Free Press, August 2008), Unbearable Cost: Bush, Greenspan and the Economics of Empire (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2006), Inequality and Industrial Change: A Global View (Cambridge University Press, 2001);Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay (1998); Macroeconomics (Houghton-Mifflin, 1994); The Economic Problem (Prentice Hall, 1990); Balancing Acts: Technology, Finance and the American Future(Basic Books, 1989)

Related LBJ News

02/10/2014 Professor James Galbraith on the Link Between Inequality and Financial Instability
01/16/2014 Conference to Explore Effects of NAFTA 20 Years After Signing
10/24/2013 LBJ School Professors Win Prestigious UT Hamilton Book Award
10/16/2013 Can the Eurozone Be Saved? European Political Leaders and Policy Experts to Meet for Two Days in Austin to Discuss
06/25/2013 Professor James Galbraith to Receive Prestigious Economics Prize
12/17/2012 LBJ Professor James Galbraith Addresses German Trade Union on Economic Crisis
11/09/2012 Between Covers: An Annual Celebration of LBJ School Research, Nov. 13
10/21/2011 LBJ Faculty Members to Moderate Discussions at the Texas Book Festival, Oct. 22
11/01/2010 LBJ School to Celebrate Faculty Authors at Annual "Between Covers" Event
09/24/2010 Should Baby Boomers Pay Down the National Debt? Atlantic Cover Story Sparks Heated Debate Between Author Michael Kinsley and LBJ School Professor and Economist James K. Galbraith
08/18/2010 LBJ School Professor Elected to Italian Science Academy
07/05/2010 LBJ School Professor Travels Across Europe, Russia Providing Insight Into the Global Economic Crisis and America's Role
07/02/2010 LBJ School Professor James K. Galbraith Speaks to the OECD About Global Inequality Over the Last 50 Years
05/12/2010 LBJ School Professors James Galbraith and Robert Auerbach Inform Discussion and Decision to Audit Federal Reserve
07/20/2009 LBJ School Professor James K. Galbraith Lends Voice of Expertise to National and International Economic Issues


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