Alan S. Blinder has been on the Princeton faculty since 1971, taking time off from January 1993 through January 1996 for service in the U.S. government--first as a member of President Clinton's original Council of Economic Advisers, and then as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. In addition to his academic writings [books, academic articles] and his best-selling introductory textbook, he has written many newspaper and magazine;columns and op-eds and, in recent years, has been a regular columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He also appears frequently on television on PBS, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and others. Dr. Blinder is a Distinguished Fellow and past vice president of the American Economic Association, a past president of the Eastern Economic Association, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

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Advice and Dissent: Why America Suffers When Economics and Politics Collide, by Alan S. Blinder, published by Basic Books, March 2018

My newest book seeks to explain why economic policy so often comes up short - and how a little quiet logic, and a lot less politics, could make it much better. That said, it's not just politicians who need to up their games, it's also economists. I try to explain how.

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