Murray Weidenbaum, Honorary
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
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
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
(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.
Wars, Big Defense was judged by the Association of
American Publishers to be the outstanding economics book of
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.