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Joseph E. Stiglitz, Ph.D

Nobel-Prize Winning Economist; Co-Chair, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University; Former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers and Chief Economist at the World Bank

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Few are more qualified to comment during this turbulent time than Joseph Stiglitz. A renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner, Stiglitz has had a ringside seat for most of the major economic events of the last decade, including stints as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors.

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Few are more qualified to comment during this turbulent time than Joseph Stiglitz. A renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner, Stiglitz has had a ringside seat for most of the major economic events of the last decade, including stints as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and chief economist at the World Bank. Hailed as "an insanely great economist" by the New York Times' Paul Krugman, Stiglitz offers lucid, astute, in-depth analysis of today's global economic climate and its impact on organizations, governments and individuals.

Stiglitz helped create a new branch of economics, "The Economics of Information," exploring the consequences of information asymmetries and pioneering such pivotal concepts as adverse selection and moral hazard, which have now become standard tools not only of theorists, but of policy analysts. In 2008, he was asked by the French President Nicolas Sarkozy to chair the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, and in 2009, was appointed by the President of the United Nations General Assembly as chair of the Commission of Experts on Reform of the International Financial and Monetary System.


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    Stiglitz: Here’s How to Fix Inequality

    (The Atlantic) – In his new book, a Nobel laureate outlines how the huge disparity arose and the huge course correction needed to address it.

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    Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz on “Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy”

    (Democracy Now) – As presidential candidates spar over economic policies and Congress debates the TPP, one of the nation’s leading economists is calling for a comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. economy.

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    Opinion: Joseph Stiglitz: It’s a no-brainer to keep rates on hold

    (Market Watch) – Higher rates would slow the economy and hurt African-Americans and Hispanic Americans the most.

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    The Interview: Nobel laureate and economist Joseph Stiglitz

    (Maclean's) – The professor of economics at Columbia University discusses the failure of austerity, the rise of inequality, and the weakness of the U.S. economic recovery.

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    Joseph Stiglitz explains why the Fed shouldn’t raise interest rates

    (Los Angeles Times) – As central bank governors, Federal Reserve officials, economists and reporters convene for the annual economic policy retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyo., this weekend, the question on everyone's mind is: Will the Fed raise interest rates come September?

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    Joseph Stiglitz: “Deep-Seatedly Wrong” Economic Thinking Is Killing Greece

    (The World Post) – Joseph Stiglitz, who has been following the Greek crisis closely and is recently returned from Athens, sets himself to the task of cutting through the fog.

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    Greece a Battlefield for Financial War – Nobel Winner Stiglitz

    (Sputnik News) – Nobel prizewinning US economist Joseph Stiglitz warns that the economic situation in Greece may soon repeat itself again elsewhere, Greek media reported on Tuesday.

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    Joseph Stigiltz calls for US to intervene over Greece

    (Newsweek) – Nobel prize-winning economist and former chief economist of the World Bank Joseph Stiglitz has predicted "depression without end" if the austerity programme in Greece continues and called on the US to be "generous with our friends in Greece" as it once was generous with Germany after the Second World War.

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    Nobel laureate economist, Joseph Stigiltz wants to set highly-expensive global price for carbon dioxide

    (The Economic Times) – Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel laureate economist, is trying to persuade global warming negotiators that they're marching up a blind alley. He says it's probably too late to achieve anything substantial at the long-awaited United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, so real progress will have to come afterward. 

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    Greek referendum divides Nobel economists

    The question of how to vote in Greece's eurozone referendum has split Nobel economists. Joseph Stiglitz and Christopher Pissarides jointly called for debt relief earlier, but now come out on different sides of the issue.

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    [Joseph E. Stiglitz] European Union’s last act?

    By Joseph E. Stiglitz

    (The Korea Herald) – The European Union leaders continue to play a game of brinkmanship with the Greek government. Greece has met its creditors’ demands far more than halfway. Yet Germany and Greece’s other creditors continue to demand that the country sign on to a program that has proven to be a failure, and that few economists ever thought could, would or should be implemented.

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    Rewriting (some of) the rules of the American economy: the Stiglitz Report

    (Open Economy) – On May 12, Joseph Stiglitz and the Roosevelt Institute (a progressive thinktank of which Stiglitz is the chief economist) released a 100 page-longreport, Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity.  US Senator Elizabeth Warren and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also spoke at the report’s launch, suggesting that the document could become an important political manifesto for the American Left.

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    How Trade Agreements Amount to a Secret Corporate Takeover

    By Joseph Stiglitz

    (The Huffington Post) – NEW YORK – The United States and the world are engaged in a great debate about new trade agreements. Such pacts used to be called “free-trade agreements”; in fact, they were managed trade agreements, tailored to corporate interests, largely in the US and the European Union. Today, such deals are more often referred to as “partnerships,”as in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But they are not partnerships of equals: the US effectively dictates the terms. Fortunately, America’s “partners” are becoming increasingly resistant.

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    Stiglitz, De Blasio and Warren team up against inequality

    Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Laureate in economics, has teamed up with New York Major Bill De Blasio and US Senator Elizabeth Warren to propose a major economic reform agenda for the US. Its focus: Reducing inequality.

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    Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz to speak at BCC on income inequality

    Baltimore. Ferguson. Staten Island. Beyond the individual events and decades-old tension and distrust between police and public, there is a common link. Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz draws a direct line between economic policies that create income inequality and the rioting in the streets.

    "What we've seen not only in Baltimore but in Ferguson and places all over the country, a kind of discrimination, inequities in our system of justice, I think it's staring people in the face in a way that a lot of Americans couldn't believe before that," said Stiglitz, who will be speaking Monday at Bergen Community College on the subject of inequality.

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    Piketty, Stiglitz and Our Renewed Interest in Inequality

    (The Huffington Post) – Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate, has just published The Great Divide, a kind of application of Piketty to the United States. (Disclaimer: when Stiglitz presented his book last April in Washington, I chaired the event.) But there are also many would-be debunkers — one of them has shown that wealth does not concentrate as much if you take housing out of the data.

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    Asia’s Multilateralism

    By Joseph E. Stiglitz

    NEW YORK – The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are poised to hold their annual meetings, but the big news in global economic governance will not be made in Washington DC in the coming days. Indeed, that news was made last month, when the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Italy joined more than 30 other countries as founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The $50 billion AIIB, launched by China, will help meet Asia’s enormous infrastructure needs, which are well beyond the capacity of today’s institutional arrangements to finance.

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    The Rule Of Robots In Stiglitz And Marx

    By Branko Milanovic

    It is always instructive to speak to Joe Stiglitz. In a conversation in Paris which we had after his talk at the INET conference, he pointed out that the elasticity of substitution between capital and labor greater than 1 (which is often assumed by Piketty in his “Capital in the 21st century”), combined with technological progress which does not fall like manna from heaven but develops in response to the existing factor prices, would lead to an explosive process that would end only with capital owning the entire net income of a country. How?

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    Clinton team courts progressive economists

    By Alex Seitz-Wald

    (MSNBC) – In the run up to her presidential campaign launch, expected Sunday, Hillary Clinton has been working to put together an economic agenda that incorporates progressive ideas on economic inequality.

    Clinton’s team has been making a concerted effort to reach out to progressives economists and activists, and last week joined a meeting on inequality organized by economist Joseph Stiglitz and the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive think tank, msnbc has learned.

Speech Topics

Globalization is one of the most important phenomena confronting the world today, affecting every aspect of society including economics, politics, and culture. In this illuminating, engaging discussion, Stiglitz explores why globalization is failing so many people and what must be done create secure, stable economies. He offers profound insights and innovative solutions to a host of problems, including the indebtedness of developing countries, international fiscal instability, and worldwide pollution. Now more than ever before, globalization has gathered the peoples of the world into one community, bringing with it a need for all to think and act globally.

Joseph Stiglitz witnessed first-hand the flaws and defects in today’s economic orthodoxy from his prominent positions at leading global financial institutions. Increasingly disillusioned and frustrated by the status quo, Stiglitz became an influential and open critic of the Washington Consensus – and his dissenting views have only gained greater urgency in the years since. With exceptional candor, wit and insight, Sitglitz offers unparalleled perspective on current U.S. economic policy and global financial news that is not only provocative and informative but refreshingly direct. He provides audiences with solid context that can be used to add further dimensions to their work while gaining greater insight into the latest headlines.

The global economic crisis has had an immeasurable – and irreversible – impact on millions of people worldwide. Flawed government policies and unscrupulous personal and corporate behavior in the United States helped spur the financial meltdown, which was exported across the globe with devastating consequences. In this riveting and eye-opening presentation, Stiglitz explores how free market financial policy and government regulation, or lack thereof, sparked the current financial crisis and its continuing deleterious effects on the world economy. Also included is an overview of the contemporary geo-economic landscape, what businesses and financial institutions can expect moving forward, and the implications for the world’s future prosperity.

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