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Jeff Madrick

Affiliated Scholar

Jeff Madrick is editor of Challenge Magazine, visiting professor of humanities at The Cooper Union, and director of policy research at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, The New School. He is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, and a former economics columnist for The New York Times. He is the author of several books, including Taking America (Bantam), and The End of Affluence (Random House), both of which were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Taking America was also chosen by Business Week as one of the ten best books of the year. His most recent book is Why Economies Grow (Basic Books/Century Foundation). He has written for many other publications, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Institutional Investor, The Nation, American Prospect, The Boston Globe, Newsday, and the business, op-ed, and magazine sections of The New York Times. He was formerly finance editor of Business Week Magazine and an NBC News reporter and commentator. His awards include an Emmy and a Page One Award. He was educated at New York University and Harvard University, where he was a Shorenstein Fellow.

Madrick’s work concentrates on economic policy, inequality, and contemporary politics. He is currently at work on a biographical history of the American economy, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf, and a brief work on the purposes of government, to be published by Princeton University Press.

Major Works:


  • Why Economies Grow: The Forces That Shape Prosperity and How We Can Get Them Working Again. Basic Books, 2002.
  • The Business Media and the New Economy. The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy: John F. Kennedy School of Government: Harvard University, December 2001.
  • The End of Affluence: The Causes and Consequences of America’s Economic Dilemma. Random House, 1997.
  • Taking America : How We Got from the First Hostile Takeover to Megamergers, Corporate Raiding, and Scandal. Bantam Dell Publishing Group, 1987.
  • Marrying for Money: The Path from the First Hostile Takeover to Megamergers, Insider Trading and the Boesky Scandal. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 1987.


  • "The Economic Consequences of Mr. Bush: the Bush Agenda." 48 Challenge. 1 (January 2005) (with Darrick Hamilton and Anwar Shaikh).
  • "A Theory on Corporate Greed." The New York Times. February 20, 2003.
  • "Towards a Social Understanding of Productivity: A Review Article." 6 International Productivity Monitor (Spring 2002).

Appearances: The Charlie Rose Show, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Now, CNN, CNBC, CBS News, and NPR