About Alan S. Blinder


Alan S. Blinder is an economist, columnist, and public servant whose work has been instrumental in shaping both federal policy and the general public’s understanding of the American economy. In addition to his advisory and scholarly contributions, his plain-language breakdowns of complex economic crises and economic history have brought his knowledge to bear on the public arena.

Professional positions
  • 1971–present: Assistant (1971–1976), associate (1976–1979), full (1979–1982), and Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial (1982–present) Professor of Economics and Public Affairs (2007–present), Princeton University
  • 2009–present: Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
  • 1994–1996: Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • 1993–1994: Member, Council of Economic Advisers (under President Bill Clinton)
Notable publications
  • Blinder, Alan S. 2022. A Monetary and Fiscal History of the United States, 1961–2021. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • Baumol, William J., Alan S. Blinder, and John L. Solow. 2020 [1979]. Economics: Principles and Policy, 17th edition. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
  • Blinder, Alan S. 2018. Advice and Dissent: Why America Suffers when Economics and Politics Collide. New York, NY: Basic Books.
  • Blinder, Alan S. 2013. After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead. New York, NY: Penguin.
  • PhD, economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MSc, economics, London School of Economics
  • BA, economics, Princeton University

Moynihan Lecture

Moynihan Lecture

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