Joseph Stiglitz, speaker

Joseph Stiglitz

Nobel Prize Winner, Chief Economist World Bank, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to U.S. President


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About Joseph Stiglitz


Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • Professor of economics at Columbia University.
  • Passionate critic of economic inequality - the subject of his 2012 book.
  • Creator of the 'Third Way' for the Clinton administration which was then adopted in the UK by Tony Blair.
  • One of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world 2011 and 22 in the Thinkers50 list 2009.

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • 2011 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and included by Foreign Policy magazine on its list of top global thinkers.
  • One of Time magazines 100 most influential people in the world 2011 and ranked 22 in the Thinkers50 list of economic gurus in 2009.
  • Awarded the Nobel Prize for economics in 2001
  • In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD), a think tank on international development based at Columbia University.
  • Chair the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester since 2005
  • Member of the Berggruen Institutes 21st Century Council.
  • John Bates Clark Medal (1979)

Speaking Style

Academic, Formal and Thought-provoking

Unafraid, critical and sometimes controversial, this distinguished economist likes to address society's most pressing and relevant questions in a simple and direct way.

Joseph Stiglitz was born to Jewish parents in 1943 and grew up in the industrial town of Gary, Indiana. He studied at Amherst College and the University of Chicago before being awarded a PhD from MIT in 1967, during which time he also held an assistant professorship there. He was a research fellow at the University of Cambridge until 1970 and has since been associated with Yale, Stanford, Duke, Oxford, and Princeton. He is now a professor at Columbia University in New York.

Career

Joseph Stiglitz has been examining the relationship between inequality and economic behavior since his early years at MIT and is known for his critical views; of free-market economists, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and in his latest book The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future 2012 he takes on the American Dream itself, arguing that the U.S. is no longer the land of opportunity.

Stiglitz has a stunning CV. He won the Nobel Prize for economics in 2001, served in the Clinton administration as chairman of the Presidents Council of Economic Advisers (1995) and was appointed as chief economist of the World Bank (1997) a position from which he was later fired for publicly disagreeing with their policies.

While serving under President Clinton he came up with the, Third Way theory of limited government intervention, which went on to have a big influence on the Blair government in the UK.  He was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

In October 2008 he was asked by the President of the United Nations General Assembly to report on the causes of the world financial crisis. Their recommendations were published as the Stiglitz Report.

In 2009 he was appointed Chairman of the U.N. Commission on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System.

In 2010 he acted as an advisor to the Greek government at the start of the European debt crisis and in 2011 he expressed his support for those protesting in Spain over the same issue. For Stiglitz, economics and social justice cant be separated and since the election of Barack Obama, he has attempted to hold him to account.

He is one of the most frequently cited economists in the world, and is the author of ten books, - The Price of Inequality (2012) is a New York Times best seller.

In 2011 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He has over 40 honorary doctorates and at least eight honorary professorships, as well as an honorary deanship. He is the Editor of The Economists' Voice Journal and is a prolific writer of newspaper articles. He has also published over 300 technical articles in the field of economics.

Speaking Topics


  • The Rocky Road to Recovery
  • The Role of the Government in the Economy
  • Market Failures
  • Climate Change
  • The Demise of the Dollar?
  • Three Trillion Dollar War
  • Making Globalization Work: Global Financial Markets in an era of turbulence
  • Socially Responsible Investment

Testimonials


"has [ ] developed theories that will be remembered long after current controversies die down, because he has delivered to us a better understanding of economics, particularly with the crucial insight that markets aren't always efficient."

"Now a distinguished professor at Columbia, Joe is a brilliant intellect, a great conversationalist, and because his work goes on challenging us all to rethink our ideas, he will always be a controversialist wherever he goes." -  Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Books By Joseph Stiglitz


  • Stability with Growth: Macroeconomics, Liberalization and Development, with Jos? Antonio Ocampo, Shari Spiegel, Ricardo Ffrench-Davis and Deepak Nayyar (2006)
  • Fair Trade for All with Andrew Charlton (2005)
  • The Roaring Nineties: A New History of the World's Most Prosperous Decade (2003)
  • The Selected Works of Joseph E. Stiglitz, Volume One: Information and Economic Analysis, Oxford: (2009)
  • Making Globalization Work (2006)
  • Globalization and Its Discontents (2002)
  • Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy (2010)
  • The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict co-authored with Linda Bilmes (2008)
  • The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future (2012)
  • New Paradigm for Monetary Economics (2004)
  • Whither Socialism? (1990)

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