Galbraith, James K. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • 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 Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a professorship in Government at The University of Texas at Austin. He was executive director of the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress in the early 1980s, and before that, an economist for the House Banking Committee. He chaired the board of Economists for Peace and Security from 1996 to 2016 and directs The University of Texas Inequality Project. He is a managing editor of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics.

From 1993 to 1997 Galbraith served as chief technical adviser for Macroeconomic Reform to the State Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China. In 2010, he was elected to the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. In 2014 he was co-winner of the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economics. In 2020 he received the Veblen-Commons Award of the Association for Evolutionary Economics. He holds degrees from Harvard University (AB, magna cum laude), in economics from Yale University (M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.), and academic honors from universities in Ecuador, France and the Russian Federation. He is a Marshall Scholar; a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Texas Philosophical Society; and a member of the Free Economic Society, an organization of economists in Russia, chartered by Catherine the Great in 1765.

Galbraith's books include:

Courses Taught
Media Expertise
  • Economic Development
  • Economics
  • Inequality


FeatureAugust 12, 2022
Public policy courses this fall

The LBJ School is pleased to offer nearly 100 classes this fall to equip future public policy professionals with the skills they will need to lead and succeed. Alongside 18 dual degree options, 27 specializations and the vast resources of The University of Texas at Austin, students have endless opportunities to customize their degree.  

Here’s a snapshot of a few of our stand out courses: 


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FeatureAugust 13, 2021
Fall 2021 classes focus on topics from intelligence and foreign policy to Black politics and COVID

In many ways, "public policy" world is as varied as the people who practice it. There is no one path to it; thinkers and doers pursue their passion for service for so many different reasons. The LBJ School was founded to improve the quality of public service in the United States and abroad at all levels of governance and civic engagement. We practice this through interdisciplinary scholarship, hands-on experience and a customizable educational experience that allows students to develop unique skills and expertise.

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Media MentionApril 21, 2021
James Galbraith: « Les Américains ne voient pas l’Etat comme un monstre »

Joe Biden met en place des plans de relance et d’investissement massifs. La population est-elle prête à accepter un rôle accru de l’Etat ? Selon l’économiste James Galbraith, professeur à l’université du Texas, le nouveau locataire de la Maison-Blanche a compris que le vrai danger politique, pour les démocrates, était la timidité. Entretien.

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