What makes the printed piece of cotton with a dead president’s face on it in your wallet something that you can exchange for pretty much any goods or services you might desire? In a talk that combines a rich thread of history with current events and more than a bit of humor, Irwin explains how our modern monetary system came to be, and what happens when it threatens to implode, as was the case in 2008. He shows how central bankers, wielding a secretive power over the supply of money, often control the fates of nations–and what that means for the rest of us.
Irwin offers an incisive, up-to-the-minute analysis of the forces shaping the U.S. and global economies and financial markets, and what they mean for investors or anyone else trying to navigate the modern economy. Irwin combines sophisticated analysis with clear, comprehensible narrative to make sense of the complexities of macroeconomics and markets, leaving attendees with a better sense of what the future holds.
Neil Irwin is a senior economic correspondent at the New York Times and author of The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire, a bestselling account of the world’s central bankers’ battle to subdue the global financial crisis.
He writes for The Upshot, the Times‘s site for analytical reporting on politics, economics, and everyday life, where he applies economic logic to help explain and understand the world around us. He has written for the Times on topics as varied as the global economy and financial markets, trends in sports fandom, and the rise and fall of food fads.
Previously, Irwin was a columnist at the Washington Post and economics editor of Wonkblog, the Post’s site for analytical journalism. From 2007 to 2012 he was the Post’s beat reporter covering the Federal Reserve and the economy. He has often appeared on television analyzing economic topics, including on the PBS Newshour, CNBC, and MSNBC.
The Alchemists, published in 2013 by the Penguin Press and now available in paperback, was a New York Times Bestseller and was short-listed for the Goldman Sachs-Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award. It appeared on best-books-of-the-year lists from the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and NPR.
Irwin was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economic and Business Journalism at Columbia University, from which he has an M.B.A. His undergraduate studies were at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he served on the Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2013.