Thomas Ferguson is Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and taught formerly at MIT and the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author or coauthor of many books and articles, including Golden Rule (University of Chicago Press, 1995). His latest article is “Betting on Hitler: The Value of Political Connections in Nazi Germany,” in the current Quarterly Journal of Economics.


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Robert Johnson

Dr Johnson was previously a managing director at Soros Fund Management where he managed a global currency, bond and equity portfolio specializing in emerging markets.

Prior to the time Dr. Johnson was a managing director of Bankers Trust
Company.

Dr. Johnson served as Chief Economist of the US Senate Banking Committee under the leadership of Chairman William Proxmire and before that Senior Economist of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee under the leadership of Chairman Pete Domenici.

Dr. Johnson received Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Princeton University and a B.S. in both Electrical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr Johnson is a member of the Development Advisory Board of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY and is the former President of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute and the Institute for America's Future.

In 2007-8 He was an executive producer of Taxi to the Dark Side, the Oscar Winning Documentary produced and Directed by Alex Gibney.