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James K. Galbraith
Dirige l’UTIP, University of Texas Inequality Project

Dirige l’UTIP, University of Texas Inequality Project, che è stato descritto dallo storico dell’economia, Lord R. Skidelsky, come “pionieristico misuratore di disuguaglianza”. UTIP è anche noto per aver sostituito il coefficiente di Gini con l’indice Theil come misura di scelta per confrontare le disuguaglianze tra gruppi, regioni e paesi. Nel marzo 2008 Galbraith ha utilizzato il 25° Annual Milton Friedman Distinguished Lecture per lanciare un duro attacco al Washington Consensus per quanto riguarda le politiche di libero mercato, e in particolare alla deriva monetarista. Egli ha sottolineato che l’economia keynesiana ha indicato una soluzione alla crisi finanziaria iniziata nel 2007, mentre le politiche monetariste avrebbero acuito la recessione. Verso la fine del 2008 i responsabili politici di tutto il mondo hanno iniziato ad aderire alle raccomandazioni di Galbraith.

Economist, he writes frequently for mainstream and liberal publications on economic topics. He is currently a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and at the Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin. He heads up the University of Texas Inequality Project (UTIP), which has been described by economic historian Lord R. Skidelsky as “pioneering inequality measurement”. UTIP is also noted for replacing the established Gini coefficient with the Theil index as the measurement of choice for comparing inequality between groups, regions and countries. In March 2008 Galbraith used the 25th Annual Milton Friedman Distinguished Lecture to launch a sweeping attack on the Washington Consensus on free market policies, especially the monetarist version. He argued strongly that Keynesian economics offered a solution to the financial crisis that started in 2007 whereas monetarist polices would deepen the recession. Towards the end of 2008 policy makers around the world began acting in line with Galbraith’s recommendations.

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