Alan S. Blinder, Cornell’s 2016 Henry E. and Nancy Bartels World Affairs Fellow, will lecture on “The Evolving Political Economy of Central Banking,” April 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Statler Auditorium.
Blinder is the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He was a member of President Clinton’s original Council of Economic Advisers from 1993 to 1994, then served as the vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System until January 1996. He also served briefly as deputy assistant director of the Congressional Budget Office when that agency started in 1975. He testifies frequently before Congress on public policy issues and advises numerous members of Congress and officeholders.
He is the author or co-author of 20 books, including the textbook “Economics: Principles and Policy” (with William J. Baumol). His latest book is “After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response and the Work Ahead” (2013). He has written scores of scholarly articles on such topics as fiscal policy, central banking, offshoring and the distribution of income. He is vice chairman of the Promontory Interfinancial Network and a columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He also appears frequently on PBS, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV and elsewhere.
Blinder previously was president of the Eastern Economic Association and vice president of the American Economic Association. He is a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been elected a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association. He is a member of organizations and committees including the American Philosophical Society, the Economic Club of New York and the Bretton Woods Committee.
Blinder’s Bartels lecture is part of the global conference, “The Changing Politics of Central Banking,” being held at Cornell April 18 and 19.
The Henry E. and Nancy Horton Bartels World Affairs Fellowship was established in 1984 to bring prominent international leaders to Cornell to foster a broad worldview among Cornell students.