J. Bradford DeLong

Coauthor, The End of Influence.
Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley.

Expert on international economics and finance.

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Brad DeLong is an expert on international economics and finance, with an impressive portfolio of academic research and public service. He offers global, regional and national economic overviews, informed discussion of trends in inflation, trade, currencies and other economic issues affecting business, and insights into economic policy.

He served in the U.S. government as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy from 1993 to 1995, where he worked on the Clinton Administration's 1993 budget, on the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, on the North American Free Trade Agreement, on macroeconomic policy, on the unsuccessful health care reform effort, and on many other issues.

In The End of Influence: What Happens When Other Countries Have the Money, Brad DeLong and coauthor Stephen Cohen explore the grave consequences the loss of power and money will have for America’s place in the world. The End of Influence explains the far-reaching and potentially long-lasting but little-noted consequences of our great fiscal crisis.

DeLong has written on the evolution and functioning of the U.S. and other nations' stock markets, the dynamics of long-run economic growth, the making of economic policy, the changing nature of the American business cycle, and the history of economic thought.

J. Bradford DeLong is a professor of economics at the University of California Berkeley, where he chairs the international political economy major. A research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, he also was Danziger Associate Professor of economics at Harvard University and John M. Olin Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Research Interests

  • Comparative technological and industrial revolutions
  • Finance and corporate control
  • Economic growth
  • Behavioral finance
  • The political economy of monetary and fiscal policy
  • Financial crises and 20th century macroeconomics
  • The long-term shape of economic history
  • History of economic thought
  • Causes of the great depression
  • The rise of the west
  • The rise and fall of social democracy


  • Professor of Economics, University of California at Berkeley
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Frederick S. Danziger Associate Professor of Economics, Harvard University
  • Visiting Lecturer, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
  • Former John M. Olin Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, Harvard University


The End of Influence

J. Bradford DeLong and Stephen S. Cohen

At the end of World War II, the United States had all the money — and all the power. Now, America finds itself cash poor, and to a great extent power follows money. In The End of Influence, renowned economic analysts Stephen S. Cohen and J. Bradford DeLong explore the grave consequences this loss will have for America’s place in the world.

America, Cohen and DeLong argue, will no longer be the world’s hyperpower. It will no longer wield soft cultural power or dictate a monolithic foreign policy. More damaging, though, is the blow to the world’s ability to innovate economically, financially, and politically. Cohen and DeLong also explore American’s complicated relationship with China, the misunderstood role of sovereign wealth funds, and the return of state-led capitalism.

An essential read for anyone interested in how global economics and finance interact with national policy, The End of Influence explains the far-reaching and potentially long-lasting but little-noted consequences of our great fiscal crisis.

Basic Books (January 5, 2010)


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