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Murray Weidenbaum


Murray Weidenbaum, Honorary Co-Chairman

Murray Weidenbaum has been an economist in three worlds - business, government and academia. He holds the Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professorship at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also serves as Honorary Chairman of the University's Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy.

In 1981 and 1982, Dr. Weidenbaum was President Reagan's first chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. In that capacity, he helped to formulate the economic policy of the Reagan administration and was a key spokesman for the administration on economic and financial issues. In 1983-89, he was a member of the President's Economic Policy Advisory Board.

Dr. Weidenbaum was the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy in the Nixon administration. He earlier served as the Corporate Economist at the Boeing Company. He is a member of the boards of directors of Harbour Group, Macroeconomic Advisers, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the International Center for Corporate Accountability. He has served in the past on the boards of Beatrice Food, Contel, May Department Stores, Medicine Shoppe, and Tesoro Petroleum.

He is a member of advisory boards of the Center for Strategic Tax Reform, the American Council for Capital Formation, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

He received a B.B.A. from City College of New York, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where he was a Banbury Fellow. He has been a faculty member at Washington University since 1964 and was the chairman of the Economics Department from 1966 to 1969.

Dr. Weidenbaum is known for his research on economic policy, taxes, government spending, regulation, and international trade. He is the author of nine books: his latest is One-Armed Economist (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2004).

An earlier book, The Bamboo Network, was a finalist in the 1996 competition for global business book of the year.

His Small Wars, Big Defense was judged by the Association of American Publishers to be the outstanding economics book of 1992.

He has written several hundred articles in publications ranging from The American Economic Review to The Wall Street Journal. He is a Fellow of the National Association of Business Economics, Honorary Fellow of the Association for Technical Communication, and a past president of the Midwest Economics Association. He also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Weidenbaum's international activities have included serving as Chairman of the Economic Policy Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and lecturing at universities and research institutes throughout Western Europe and Asia. He was made an officer of the National Order of Merit of France in recognition of his contributions to foreign policy. In 1989, he was a member of a Presidential Mission to Poland. In 1999-2000, he chaired the Congressional Commission to Review the Trade Deficit.

Murray and his wife Phyllis live in Clayton, Missouri. They have three children and six grandchildren.

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