• Ph.D., Yale University, 1981
  • M. Phil., Yale University, 1978
  • M.A., Yale University, 1977
  • A.B., Harvard University, 1974
Teaching Areas
  • Economics
  • Social Policy
  • Development Policy

James K. Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and a professorship of government at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He holds degrees from Harvard University and Yale University. 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. 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 most recent 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 Robert L. Heilbroner and “Macroeconomics” with William Darity Jr. He is a managing editor of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics.

Media Expertise
  • Economic development
  • Economics
  • Inequality


Media MentionNovember 22, 2016
Trump era threatens pillars of US society

James Galbraith talks about the deep divides in US society post-election.

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Media MentionNovember 15, 2016
Sur les inégalités, la pauvreté, les économies « à marché émergent » et le développement : dix questions à James Kenneth Galbraith

James Galbraith talks about his new book, Inequality: What everyone needs to know (Oxford University Press, 2016).

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Media MentionNovember 10, 2016
Trump could have a profound impact on the economy — or not

James Galbraith talks about President-elect Donald Trump's potential impacts on the U.S. economy.

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