Perry Mehrling

Professor of Economics

Perry G. Mehrling, Professor of Economics, joined the faculty of Barnard in 1987. He has also held visiting positions at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, Boston University, Paris X, University of Nice, and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna.

Professor Mehrling's research focuses on the foundations of monetary economics and the history and applications of monetary economics and finance.  He aims to develop a theory of money that takes as its starting point the inside credit character of modern money, in order to integrate monetary economics with modern finance, and so contribute to an alternative money theoretical basis for macroeconomics.

Professor Mehrling is currently a member of the Academic Council of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, editorial board member of Oeconomia, and faculty member of Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought.

Academic Focus: 

History and foundations of monetary economics


Economics of Money and Banking

Understanding Global Money

Presentations / Recent Lectures: 
The New Lombard Street, How the Fed became the Dealer of Last Resort.  New Jersey:  Princeton University Press, 2011
Fischer Black and the Revolutionary Idea of Finance.  Hoboken, NJ:  John Wiley and Sons, 2005
The Money Interest and the Public Interest, American Monetary Thought 1920-1970.  Harvard Economic Studies #162.  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 1997.

Ph.D., Harvard University

M.Sc., London School of Economics

B.A., Harvard University

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In the News

This fall, Barnard Professor of Economics Perry Mehrling intended to kick off his year of academic leave by buckling down to work on his next book. But after Wall Street reached a crisis point in mid-September, he realized he'd have to postpone those plans.

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