Robert E. Wright

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Robert E. Wright (born 1969[1] in Rochester, N.Y.) is a business, economic, financial, and monetary historian and the inaugural Rudy and Marilyn Nef Family Chair of Political Economy at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.[2] He is also a research economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research,[3] a former editor of Pickering & Chatto’s Financial History and Perspectives in Economic and Social History series, and an editor for Financial History, the magazine of the newly revamped Museum of American Finance.[4] He is also director of the Thomas Willing Institute for the Study of Financial Markets, Institutions, and Regulations and editor of Cambridge University Press's "Slavery Since Emancipation" book series.[5]

Education and research[edit]

After graduating from Fairport High School in 1987, Wright took degrees in History from Buffalo State College, where he was a member of the All-College Honors Program,[6] and the University at Buffalo (Ph.D., 1997).[7] Since 2001 he has authored or co-authored six books on early U.S. financial and political history, two about major corporations,[8] one about of the U.S. construction industry, a banking textbook, and a critique of U.S. public policies related to bailouts.[9] New England Publishing Associates agents his work.[10]

Wright’s One Nation Under Debt (formerly “Born in Debt”),[11] was published by in early 2008.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18] His earlier research also won some minor awards.[19] Wright's forthcoming books include an edited volume called Public Money, Private Profit for the Social Science Research Council,[20] and a book on the role the real estate mortgage crisis of the 1760s played in the American Revolution.[21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32]

Wright taught at New York University’s Stern School of Business from 2003 until 2009. Before that, Wright taught economics at the University of Virginia,[33] where he worked with Virginia economist Ron Michener in a dispute against Farley Grubb, an economist at the University of Delaware, over the nature of colonial and early U.S. money and monetary systems.[34]


  • The WSJ Guide to the 50 Economic Indicators That Really Matter: From Big Macs to "Zombie Banks," the Indicators Smart Investors Watch to Beat the Market (2011). ISBN 978-0-06-200138-2
  • Fubarnomics: A Lighthearted, Serious Look at America's Economic Ills (2010). ISBN 978-1-61614-191-2
  • Bailouts: Public Money, Private Profit (2010). ISBN 978-0-231-15055-2
  • One Nation Under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the History of What We Owe (2008). ISBN 978-0-07-154393-4
  • Knowledge for Generations: Wiley and the Global Publishing Industry, 1807-2007 (2007). ISBN 978-0-471-75721-4
  • Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets: How to Fix America’s Trillion-Dollar Construction Industry (2007). ISBN 978-0-226-47267-6
  • Financial Founding Fathers: The Men Who Made America Rich (2006). ISBN 978-0-226-91068-0
  • The U.S. National Debt, 1787-1900 4 vols. (2005). ISBN 978-1-85196-816-9
  • The First Wall Street: Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, and the Birth of American Finance (2005). ISBN 978-0-226-91026-0
  • History of Corporate Governance: The Importance of Stakeholder Activism 6 vols. (2004). ISBN 978-1-85196-769-8
  • Mutually Beneficial: The Guardian and Life Insurance in America (2004). ISBN 978-0-8147-9397-8
  • The History of Corporate Finance: Development of Anglo-American Securities Markets, Financial *Practices, Theories and Laws 6 vols. (2003). ISBN 978-1-85196-749-0
  • Hamilton Unbound: Finance and the Creation of the American Republic (2002). ISBN 978-0-275-97816-7
  • The Wealth of Nations Rediscovered: Integration and Expansion in American Financial Markets, 1780-1850 (2002). ISBN 978-0-521-81237-5
  • Origins of Commercial Banking in America, 1750-1800 (2001). ISBN 978-0-7425-2087-5


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  28. ^ By DAVID LAZARUS, CONSUMER CONFIDENTIAL October 05, 2008 (2008-10-05). "$10.1-trillion national debt? Let's cut taxes! - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  29. ^ Wright, Robert E. (2008-03-18). "The party's over; Democrats and Republicans offer no choice when it comes to the economy. Let's start fresh". Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
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  31. ^ DECEMBER 2008 • Robert E. Wright. "Financial crisis and reform - The McKinsey Quarterly - Financial crisis and reform: Looking back for clues to the future - Strategy - Strategic Thinking". The McKinsey Quarterly. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
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