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 Chairman of the University's Center for the Study of American Business. He is currently chairman of the US Trade Deficit Review Commission of the U.S. Congress.
In 1981 and 1982, Dr. Weidenbaum was President Reagan's first chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. 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.
Earlier, Dr. Weidenbaum was the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy in the Nixon Administration. He also served as the Corporate Economist at the Boeing Company. He is a member of the board of directors of the May Department Stores Company, Harbour Group, Macroeconomic Advisers, Tesoro Petroleum Corporation, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Annapolis Center for Environmental Quality. He is a member of advisory boards of the Congressional Joint Tax Committee, the Center for Strategic Tax Reform, the American Council for Capital Formation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Committee for Economic Development, 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. He has been a faculty member at Washington University since 1964 and Chairman of the Economics Department from 1966 to 1969.
Dr. Weidenbaum is known for his research on economic policy, taxes, government spending, and regulation. He is the author of eight books; his latest is the sixth edition of Business and Government in the Global Marketplace. His previous book was The Bamboo Network: How Expatriate Chinese Entrepreneurs Are Creating a New Economic Superpower in Asia. 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 Economists, Honorary Fellow of the Association for Technical Communication, and a past president of the Midwest Economics Association.
Dr. Weidenbaum's international activities include serving as Chairman of the Economic Policy Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and lecturing at university and research institutes throughout Western Europe and Asia. He received the National Order of Merit from France in recognition of his contributions to foreign policy In 1989 he was a member of a Presidential Mission to Poland.