J. Bradford DeLong

Author, "Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century" | Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley
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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.

Brad is the author of Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century. Slouching Towards Utopia tells the story of how this unprecedented explosion of material wealth occurred, how it transformed the globe, and why it failed to deliver us to utopia.

He also co-edited After Piketty, a follow-up to Thomas Piketty’s bestseller Capital. He is the coauthor with Stephen Cohen of Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy and The End of Influence: What Happens When Other Countries Have the Money, where Brad and Stephen explore the grave consequences the loss of power and money will have for America’s place in the world.

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. Chief Economist, The Blum Center for Developing Economies at Harvard University, Delong is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research 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
  • Chief Economist, The Blum Center for Developing Economies, Harvard University
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Former 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
  • Afred P. Sloan Research Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, Harvard University



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