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]

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,[4] and the University at Buffalo (Ph.D., 1997).[5] Since 2001 he has authored or co-authored six books on early U.S. financial and political history, two about major corporations,[6] one about of the U.S. construction industry, a banking textbook, and a critique of U.S. public policies related to bailouts.[7]

Wright's forthcoming books include an edited volume called Public Money, Private Profit for the Social Science Research Council,[8] and a book on the role the real estate mortgage crisis of the 1760s played in the American Revolution.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]

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,[21] where he worked with Virginia economist Ron Michener in a dispute against Grubb, an economist at the University of Delaware, over the nature of colonial and early U.S. money and monetary systems.[22]


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  5. ^ "Department of History, University at Buffalo". Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
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  9. ^ Arango, Tim (2008-11-30). "The Housing-Bubble and the American Revolution". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
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  11. ^ "Bailouts, Then and Now | WBUR and NPR - On Point with Tom Ashbrook". 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  12. ^ Greising, David (2008-09-23). "Rescue must weigh safety vs. freedom - Chicago Tribune". Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  13. ^ Phillips, Michael M. (2008-09-20). "Government Bailouts: A U.S. Tradition Dating to Hamilton -". Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  14. ^ Ward, Jon (2008-10-03). "Bill gives Paulson unprecedented power". Washington Times. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  15. ^ Arango, Tim; Creswell, Julie (2008-10-05). "End of an Era on Wall Street: Goodbye to All That". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ June 2008 Print Edition. "The Coming Recession: Seven observers debate the (sorry) state of the economy. - Reason Magazine". Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ "Rx for a Vulnerable Economy: Cut Down on Debt". Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  21. ^ "4/12/2002: A Market Solution to the Oversupply of Historians". The Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
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