Bradford DeLong

Bradford DeLong, interviewed in this issue, took up his current position as Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. Professor DeLong is a leading macroeconomist and economic historian, and is best known for his work on economic growth, business cycles, finance and globalisation. He has also written extensively on the rise of the ‘E-conomy’ and the economic implications of the digital and informational revolutions. The numerous articles that he has written include: “The Marshall Plan: History’s most successful structural adjustment programme” (with Barry Eichengreen), in Rudiger Dornbusch, Wilhelm Nölling, and Richard Layard, (eds.), Postwar Economic Reconstruction and Lessons for the East Today (MIT Press, 1993); “Princes and merchants: City growth before the industrial revolution” (with Andrei Shleifer), Journal of Law and Economics (October, 1993); “Keynesianism, Pennsylvania-Avenue style: Some economic consequences of the 1946 Employment Act”, Journal of Economic Perspectives (Summer, 1996); “Why we should fear deflation”, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (Spring, 1999); and “How much credit does Clinton deserve for the economy?”, Fortune (2001). Professor DeLong’s forthcoming books include: The Economic History of the Twentieth Century: Slouching Towards Utopia? (draft can be viewed at