Alan S. Blinder, PhD is the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He is also vice chairman of the Promontory Interfinancial Network, and a regular columnist for the Wall Street Journal. Professor Blinder served as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors from June 1994 until January 1996; he represented the Fed at international meetings and was a member of the board's committees on Bank Supervision and Regulation, Consumer and Community Affairs, and Derivative Instruments. Previously, he served on President Bill Clinton's original Council of Economic Advisers from January 1993 until June 1994. During the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns, he was an economic advisor to Al Gore and John Kerry, and he continues to advise numerous members of Congress and officeholders. He also served briefly as the Congressional Budget Office’s Deputy Assistant Director when that agency started in 1975, and testifies frequently before Congress on a wide variety of public policy issues. Professor Blinder has taught at Princeton since 1971, chaired the Department of Economics from 1988 to 1990, and was the founder and either director or co-director of Princeton's Center for Economic Policy Studies from 1989 to 2011.
Professor Blinder is the author or co-author of 20 books, including the textbook Economics: Principles and Policy (with William J. Baumol), now in its 12th edition, and After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead. He has written scores of scholarly articles on such topics as fiscal policy, central banking, offshoring, and the distribution of income. He also appears frequently on PBS, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, and elsewhere. Professor 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, a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Bellagio Group, and a former governor of the American Stock Exchange. He also serves on academic advisory panels for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Hamilton Project. He has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He earned an AB from Princeton University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in economics.