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New School Alums Land On Richtopia’s ‘100 Most Influential Economists’ List

The New School’s Economics Department is a leading light in the field of economic thought and study, producing accomplished alumni who are confronting pressing issues in their roles as leaders of government and business.

Two of those alumni — Stephanie Kelton, Economics ’01, and Jim Stanford, Economics ’95 — were recently named to Richtopia‘s The 100 Most Influential Economists, “a list of influential economists who are pro-active in their fields, particularly in the social media sphere.”

Kelton, professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, served as chief economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee (minority staff) in 2015 and then became an economic advisor to Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential campaign. She is a leading proponent of modern monetary theory.

Stanford is director of the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute, which conducts and publishes progressive economic research on work, employment, and labour markets. He is a also a faculty member in the Department of Economics at McMaster University and is the author Economics for Everyone.

Kelton and Stanford aren’t the only Economics alums who are making their mark. Owing to her extensive experience in public policy research and advocacy organizations, Heather Boushey, Economics ’98, was named Hilary Clinton campaign’s chief economist during the former secretary of state’s presidential bid. Mariana Mazzucato, PhD Economics ’98, last year re-published her acclaimed book, The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths, in which she demonstrates the importance of government funding to innovation.

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