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, co-authored, edited, or co-edited twenty books on topics including banks and banking, book publishing, construction, corporations, corporate genealogy, and corporate governance, economic indicators, entrepreneurship, government bailouts, insurance, money and monetary policy, public debts, public policies, and securities markets [6]

Wright's forthcoming books include a book on the role the real estate mortgage crisis of the 1760s played in the American Revolution.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

Wright is a board member of Historians Against Slavery, an NGO.[19] He edits its books series with Cambridge University Press,[20] "Slaveries Since Emancipation,"[21] and serves on HAS's public speakers bureau.[22] He is also associated with the Museum of American Finance.[23]

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,[24] 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.[25]


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  7. ^ Arango, Tim (2008-11-30). "The Housing-Bubble and the American Revolution". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  8. ^ "NYU Stern". Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  9. ^ "Bailouts, Then and Now | WBUR and NPR - On Point with Tom Ashbrook". 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  10. ^ Greising, David (2008-09-23). "Rescue must weigh safety vs. freedom - Chicago Tribune". Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  11. ^ Phillips, Michael M. (2008-09-20). "Government Bailouts: A U.S. Tradition Dating to Hamilton -". Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  12. ^ Ward, Jon (2008-10-03). "Bill gives Paulson unprecedented power". Washington Times. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ June 2008 Print Edition. "The Coming Recession: Seven observers debate the (sorry) state of the economy. - Reason Magazine". Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ "Rx for a Vulnerable Economy: Cut Down on Debt". Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
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  24. ^ "4/12/2002: A Market Solution to the Oversupply of Historians". The Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
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