Jeff Madrick is a fellow at The Century Foundation and director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative. He is editor of Challenge Magazine, visiting professor of humanities at The Cooper Union, and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. He is a former economics columnist for the New York Times. Madrick’s most recent book, Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World (Knopf), was published in 2014 and makes a comprehensive case against prevailing mainstream economic thinking. He is the author of a half dozen other 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 also was chosen by Business Week as of the ten best books of the year. He edited a book of public policy essays, Unconventional Wisdom (Century Foundation) and also authored the book Why Economies Grow (Basic Books/Century) and Age of Greed (Alfred Knopf). His book, The Case for Big Government (Princeton) won a Pen America non-fiction award.
He has written many public policy papers and 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 has appeared on Charlie Rose, The Lehrer News Hour, Now With Bill Moyers, Frontline, CNN, CNBC, CBS, and NPR. He was formerly finance editor of Business Week Magazine and an NBC News reporter and commentator. His journalism awards include an Emmy and a Page One Award. He was educated at New York University and Harvard University, and was a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard. He is currently at work on a book on child poverty in America, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf.