Economist and internationally best-selling author. He teaches economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business and serves as chief economist of Big Think. He is also a columnist for Foreign Policy. In addition, Altman is the founder and president of North Yard Economics, a nonprofit consulting firm serving developing countries, and Emerging Design Centers, a new venture that will found product-design workshops in poor communities around the world.
Altman has written economic commentary as a staff writer at The Economist, The International Herald Tribune, and The New York Times, where he was also one of the youngest-ever members of the editorial board. In between stints as a journalist, he was an economic advisor in the British government. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the expert advisory board at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, where he previously served as director of thought leadership.
Altman was born in Connecticut and received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Economics from Harvard University. He has lived and worked on four continents and is a citizen of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. His most recent book is Outrageous Fortunes: The Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy (Times Books, 2011), which has been published in eight foreign editions.
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