About the Author
William J. Baumol received his BSS at the College of the City of New York and his Ph.D. at the University of London. He is professor of economics at New York University, and senior research economist and professor emeritus at Princeton University. He is a frequent consultant to the management of major firms in a wide variety of industries in the United States and other countries, as well as to a number of governmental agencies. He has been president of the American Economic Association, and three other professional societies. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, created by the U.S. Congress, and of the American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin. Baumol is the author of more than thirty-five books, and hundreds of journal and newspaper articles that have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Alan S. Blinder earned his Master's degree at the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. at MIT. He teaches at Princeton University and is the co-director of Princeton's Center for Economic Policy Studies. Blinder was President Clinton's first Council of Economic Advisers, served as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, and played a role in formulating both the fiscal and monetary policies of the 1990s. Blinder wrote newspaper and magazine columns on economic policy for more than ten years.