Galbraith, James K. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Education
  • 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 at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a professorship in Government at The University of Texas at Austin.

Galbraith was executive director of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress in the early 1980s. He chaired the board of Economists for Peace and Security (1996–2016) and directs the University of Texas Inequality Project. He is a managing editor of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics.

From 1993 to 1997, he served as chief technical adviser to China's State Planning Commission for macroeconomic reform, and in 2016 he advised the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders. In 2014 he was co-winner, with Angus Deaton, of the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economics. He holds honorary degrees from the Université Pierre Mendes-France in Grenoble and from the Plekhanov University of Economics in Moscow.

Galbraith's books include "Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe" (2016); "Inequality: What Everyone Needs to Know" (2016); "The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth" (2014); "Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis" (2012); "The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too" (2008); "Unbearable Cost: Bush, Greenspan, and the Economics of Empire" (2006); "Inequality and Industrial Change: A Global View" (with M. Berner) (2001); "Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay" (1998); "Macroeconomics" (with W. Darity Jr.) (1992); and "Balancing Acts: Technology, Finance and the American Future" (1989).

Media Expertise
  • Economic development
  • Economics
  • Inequality

Newsworthy

NewsNovember 8, 2019
Experts explore “Green New Deal” and “European New Deal” at LBJ School, UT Austin
Experts on economics, climate change, politics and social policy, political leaders and activists will explore the elements of a "Green New Deal" in Europe and America and the "European New Deal" project of the Democracy in Europe Movement during the New Deals in Europe and America conference. The conference, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, Nov. 11, and Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
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NewsMay 30, 2019
Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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NewsApril 17, 2019
Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research: April 23, 2019

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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