Brief Biography of Dr. Joseph E. Stiglitz

Posted by khmernews on October 26, 2007

Dr. Joseph E. Stiglitz received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2001 for his seminal work on the economic implications of information asymmetries. He was the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration, and was awarded the prestigious John Bates Clark Award, given biennially by the American Economic Association to the one economist under 40 who has made the most significant contribution to the field. He helped create a new branch of economics, “The Economics of Information,” and has made major contributions to macro-economics and monetary theory, development economics and trade theory, public and corporate finance, and to the theories of industrial and rural organization.
He is the Executive Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a new think tank which analyzes the trade-offs associated with different economic policies and offers valuable alternatives, thereby better enabling the choice of policy to be made by policymakers in developing countries. Over the past fifteen years Dr. Stiglitz has held advisory consultations with a wide-range of developing country leaders.

Dr. Stiglitz has taught at numerous world-class universities, including Princeton, Stanford, MIT and Oxford.  He is now a professor at Columbia University and Chair of Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought. He also served as the Chief Economist of the World Bank for three years.  Recognized around the world as a leading economic educator, he has written textbooks that have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He founded one of the leading economics journals, The Journal of Economic Perspectives. His book Globalization and Its Discontents has been translated into 35 languages and has sold more than one million copies worldwide. Other recent books include Fair Trade for All and Making Globalization Work.


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