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.

Dr. 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 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). 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.

Dr. 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

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

Joe Biden, après avoir engagé un plan de soutien de 1 900 milliards de dollars, a annoncé un investissement dans les infrastructures de 2 000 milliards sur huit ans. Peut-on parler d’un virage radical ?

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