Alan S. Blinder Named 2016 Bartels World Affairs Fellow

Alan Blinder

Alan S. Blinder has been named the 2016 Henry E. and Nancy Bartels World Affairs Fellow at Cornell University. He is the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and served as the vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

Dr. Blinder delivered his Bartels Lecture, entitled "The Evolving Political Economy of Central Banking," on April 19, 2016, at the Statler Auditorium. The presentation was part of the global conference titled “The Changing Politics of Central Banking.”

About Alan S. Blinder

Alan Blinder has taught at Princeton University since 1971, with a brief time off from January 1993 to January 1996 to work for the federal government. He was a member of President Clinton’s original Council of Economic Advisers from January 1993 to June 1994, then served as the vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Systems 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 a wide variety of public policy issues, and advises numerous members of Congress and other officeholders.

Dr. Blinder is the author or co-author of 20 books, including the textbook Economics: Principles and Policy (with William J. Baumol), now in its 13th edition. His latest book, After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead, was published in January 2013 (Penguin Press; paperback, 2014). He has written scores of scholarly articles on such topics as fiscal policy, central banking, offshoring, and the distribution of income. He is the vice chairman of the Promontory Interfinancial Network and a regular columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He also appears frequently on PBS, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, and elsewhere.

Alan Blinder was previously 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 various organizations and committees, including the American Philosophical Society, the Economic Club of New York, and the Bretton Woods Committee.

Bartels World Affairs Fellowship

The Henry E. and Nancy Horton Bartels World Affairs Fellowship was established in 1984 to bring prominent international leaders to Cornell. The mission of the fellowship program is explicitly educational—to foster a broadened world view among Cornell students by bringing to campus persons who have distinguished themselves as international public figure, and to enable students to appreciate the opportunities and constraints of an international career.