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Michael Hudson
Born (1939-03-14) March 14, 1939 (age 83)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
InstitutionUniversity of Missouri–Kansas City
FieldEconomics, finance
School or
Classical economist (specializing in rent theory and financial theory)
Alma materUniversity of Chicago (B.A., 1959)
New York University (M.A., 1963)
New York University (PhD, 1968)

Michael Hudson (born March 14, 1939) is an American economist, Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and a researcher at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College, former Wall Street analyst, political consultant, commentator and journalist. He is a contributor to The Hudson Report, a weekly economic and financial news podcast produced by Left Out.[1]

Hudson graduated from the University of Chicago (BA, 1959) and New York University (MA, 1965, PhD, 1968) and worked as a balance of payments economist in Chase Manhattan Bank (1964–1968). He was assistant professor of economics at the New School for Social Research (1969–1972) and worked for various governmental and non-governmental organizations as an economic consultant (1980s–1990s).[2][non-primary source needed]


Early life and education

Hudson was born on March 14, 1939.[3] According to his self-published autobiography, he was born in Minneapolis to parents who had both worked with Leon Trotsky in Mexico. When Hudson was three years old, his father was arrested on Smith Act violation grounds.[4][non-primary source needed]

Hudson received his primary and secondary education in a private school at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. In 1959, Hudson graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor's degree.[citation needed]


In 1972, Hudson moved to the Hudson Institute headed by Herman Kahn. In 1979, he became an advisor to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

In 1984, Hudson joined Harvard's archaeology faculty at the Peabody Museum as a research fellow in Babylonian economics. A decade later, he was a founding member of the International Scholars Conference on Ancient Near Eastern Economies, an international group of Assyriologists and archaeologists who analyzed the economic origins of civilization.

In the mid-1990s, Hudson became a professor of economics at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and a fellow at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College. As of 2020, Hudson is the director of the Institute for the Study of Long-Term economic Trends (ISLET) and the Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.[5][non-primary source needed]



Hudson is the author of several books, among them the following:[6][7]


Hudson has appeared in several documentaries, including the following:

See also


  1. ^ "Left Out". Patreon. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  2. ^ "Biography". Michael Hudson. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  3. ^ Hudson, Michael (1973). Contemporary Authors: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Authors and Their Works. Edited by Clare D. Kinsman. Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research. Vol. 33–36. p. 456.
  4. ^ "Life & Thought: An Autobiography". Michael Hudson. Retrieved April 7, 2021. I was born in Minneapolis, which is the only city in the world that was a Trotskyist city. During the 1930s it was a center of Trotskyism and my parents worked with Leon Trotsky in Mexico. When I was 3 years old my father was put in jail under the Smith Act as a political prisoner for having the works of Lenin and Marx on his shelves and for being one of the leaders of the Minneapolis general strikes from 1934 to 1936.
  5. ^ "Michael Hudson-About". Michael Hudson. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  6. ^ "Books". Michael Hudson. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  7. ^ "Der Krieg der Banken gegen das Volk" (December 3, 2011).Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Retrieved December 7, 2011 (in German).
  8. ^ Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (November 5, 2010). "New $600B Fed Stimulus Fuels Fears of US Currency War". Democracy Now! Video. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  9. ^ Hudson, Michael (1972). Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. ISBN 978-0-03-085996-0.
  10. ^ Hudson, Michael (March 1979). Global Fracture: The New International Economic order. Harper & Row. ISBN 978-0-7453-2395-4.
  11. ^ Hudson, Michael (1992). Trade, Development and Foreign Debt, Volume 1 (1st ed.). London: Pluto Press. ISBN 0-7453-0489-3.
  12. ^ Hudson, Michael (1992). Trade, Development and Foreign Debt, Volume II, International Finance (Paperback ed.). London: Pluto Press. ISBN 0-7453-0666-7.
  13. ^ Hudson, Michael (1994). A philosophy for a fair society (Georgist Paradigm Series) (paperback ed.). Shepheard-Walwyn.
  14. ^ The President and Fellows of Harvard College; Hudson, Michael; Levine, Baruch A. (1999). Urbanization and Land Ownership in the Ancient Near East, Volume II; Edited by Michael Hudson and Baruch A. Levine (Peabody Museum Bulletin 7 ed.). Cambridge MA: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Harvard University. ISBN 0-87365-957-0.
  15. ^ Hudson, Michael (March 2003). Super Imperialism – New Edition: The Origin and Fundamentals of U.S. World Dominance. Pluto Press. ISBN 978-0-7453-1989-6.
  16. ^ Hudson, Michael (April 2005). Global Fracture: The New International Economic order, Second Edition. Pluto Press. ISBN 978-0-7453-2394-7.
  17. ^ Hudson, Michael (2010). America's Protectionist Takeoff, 1815–1914, The Neglected American School of Political Economy (New ed.). New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc. ISBN 978-3-9808466-8-4.
  18. ^ Hudson, Michael (July 2012). The Bubble and Beyond. ISLET. ISBN 978-3-9814-8420-5.
  19. ^ Hudson, Michael (2015). Killing the Host. ISLET. ISBN 978-3981484281.
  20. ^ Hudson, Michael (2017). J is For Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception. ISLET. ISBN 978-3981484250.
  21. ^ Hudson, Michael (2018). .. And Forgive Them Their Debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption from Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year (Volume I of Tyranny of Debt). Dresden: ISLET Verlag. ISBN 9783981826029. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  22. ^ Hudson, Michael (2022). The Destiny of Civilization: Finance Capitalism, Industrial Capitalism or Socialism. Islet. ISBN 978-3949546068.
  23. ^ "Cast & Crew". Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  24. ^ Film website
  25. ^ Film website
  26. ^ "In Debt We Trust".