Robert E. Wright
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Robert E. Wright (born 1969 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. He is also a research economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Education and research
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, and the University at Buffalo (Ph.D., 1997). Since 2001 he has authored or co-authored six books on early U.S. financial and political history, two about major corporations, one about of the U.S. construction industry, a banking textbook, and a critique of U.S. public policies related to bailouts.
Wright's forthcoming books include an edited volume called Public Money, Private Profit for the Social Science Research Council, and a book on the role the real estate mortgage crisis of the 1760s played in the American Revolution.
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, 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.
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