Announced: Scott Sumner

Posted on the 13th December 2015 by Sumeeta, Communications Coordinator


We are proud to announce our next speaker from our WES 2016 speaker lineup, Scott Sumner!

Scott B. Sumner is Research Fellow at the scholarly research and educational organisation,The Independent Institute, the Director of the Program on Monetary Policy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and a professor of economics at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The most prominent topics of Sumner’s writing and research include Monetary History, Monetary Theory, and History of Economic Thought. Sumner received his PhD and MA in economics from the University of Chicago and his BA in economics from the University of Wisconsin. He is an author of the popular economics blog “The Money Illusion” started in 2009, which according to Sumner discusses the issues of the “endlessly perplexing problem of monetary policy.” It was his blog that popularized the policy idea of nominal GDP targeting – Fed’s monitoring of real GDP growth plus the rate of inflation. For his ideas Sumner is sometimes regarded as a "blogger who saved the economy".

Sumner has published papers in academic journals including the Journal of Political Economy, Economic Inquiry, and the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. His work has also appeared in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNBC, The Economist, Financial Times, Politico, The National Interest, and The American.

In 2012, the Chronicle of Higher Education referred to Sumner as "among the most influential" economist bloggers. In the same year, Foreign Policy ranked Sumner jointly with Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke 15th on its list of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers”.

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