Thomas Palley is the founder and director of the Economics for Democratic & Open Societies Project. The goal of the project is to stimulate public discussion about what kinds of economic arrangements and conditions are needed to promote democracy and open society. His expertise includes Economics of globalization, financial markets, and macroeconomic policy. Prior, he was Chief Economist to the US – China Economic and Security Review Commission; Director of the Globalization Reform Project at the Open Society Institute; Assistant Director of Public Policy at the AFL-CIO. He obtained a B.A. degree from Oxford University and a M.A. degree in International Relations and Ph.D. in Economics, both from Yale University.