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Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz received his PhD from MIT in 1967, became a full professor at Yale in 1970, and was awarded the John Bates Clark Award in 1979, which is given biennially by the American Economic Association to an economist under 40 who has made the most significant contribution to the field. He has taught at Princeton, Stanford, and MIT, and was the Drummond Professor and a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is now a professor at Columbia University and co-chair of Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought. He is also the co-founder and co-president of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his analyses of markets with asymmetric information, and was a lead author of the 1995 Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2011, Time named Professor Stiglitz one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Professor Stiglitz was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1993–95, during the Clinton administration, and served as its chairman from 1995–97. He then became chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank from 1997–2000. In 2008, he was asked by the French President Nicolas Sarkozy to chair the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, which released its final report in September 2009. In 2009, he was appointed by the President of the United Nations General Assembly as chair of the Commission of Experts on Reform of the International Financial and Monetary System, which also released its report in September 2009.

Professor Stiglitz helped create a new branch of economics—The Economics of Information—exploring the consequences of information asymmetries and pioneering such pivotal concepts as adverse selection and moral hazard, which have now become standard tools not only for theorists but also for policy analysts. He has made major contributions to the theories of welfare economics and of income and wealth distribution, and his work has helped explain the circumstances in which markets do not work well and how selective government intervention can improve market performance.

Recognized around the world as a leading economic educator, Professor Stiglitz has written books that have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He also founded one of the leading economics journals, The Journal of Economic Perspectives. His book, Globalization and Its Discontents (Norton, 2001), has been translated into 35 languages and has sold more than a million copies worldwide. Other recent books include The Roaring Nineties (Norton); Towards a New Paradigm in Monetary Economics (Cambridge University Press), with Bruce Greenwald; Fair Trade for All (Oxford University Press), with Andrew Charlton; Making Globalization Work (Norton and Penguin/ Allen Lane, 2006); The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict (Norton and Penguin/ Allen Lane, 2008), with Linda Bilmes at Harvard University; Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy (Norton and Penguin/ Allen Lane, 2010); and The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future (Norton and Penguin/ Allen Lane, 2012). ???

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Books by Joseph E. Stiglitz

  1. Book CoverEconomics

    Fourth Edition

    Economics has been thoroughly revised, simplified, and updated for the Fourth Edition.More

  2. Book CoverEconomics of the Public Sector

    Third Edition

    A longtime favorite among teachers and students, Economics of the Public Sector returns to the classroom in a fresh edition that has been fully revised to reflect the latest developments in public policy and economic research.More

  3. Book CoverEconomics of the Public Sector

    Fourth Edition

    The long awaited revision of a classic text by an expert author team.More

  4. Book CoverFreefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy


    The New York Times bestseller: "A lucid account" (New York Times) of the recent financial crisis and the way forward by the Nobel Prize-winning economist, with a new afterword.More

  5. Book CoverGlobalization and Its Discontents


    This powerful, unsettling book gives us a rare glimpse behind the closed doors of global financial institutions by the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics.More

  6. Book CoverMaking Globalization Work


    "A damning denunciation of things as they are, and a platform for how we can do better."—Andrew Leonard, SalonMore

  7. Book CoverThe Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future


    A forceful argument against America's vicious circle of growing inequality by the Nobel Prize–winning economist.More

  8. Book CoverPrinciples of Macroeconomics

    Fourth Edition

    Principles of Macroeconomics has been thoroughly revised, simplified, and updated for the Fourth Edition.More

  9. Book CoverPrinciples of Microeconomics

    Fourth Edition

    Principles of Microeconomics has been thoroughly revised, simplified, and updated for the Fourth Edition.More

  10. Book CoverThe Roaring Nineties: A New History of the World's Most Prosperous Decade


    How one of the greatest economic expansions in history sowed the seeds of its own collapse.More

  11. Book CoverThe Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict


    "This is a catalog [of costs] the Bush team never looked at. It's a catalog that they still don't want you to see."—James GalbraithMore