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Marc Levinson

Independent historian, economist and author 

Marc Levinson is an independent historian, economist and author whose career has centered on making complex economic issues understandable to the general public. 

He worked for many years as an economic journalist – including a turn as finance and economics editor of The Economist in London. He spent a decade as an economist for J.P. Morgan Chase, developing a unique industry economics function and then initiating the bank’s environmental research for stock and bond investors.  

Marc later served as Senior Fellow for International Business at the Council on Foreign Relations, and supervised a team of analysts advising Congress on industry and transportation issues at the Congressional Research Service.  

He has written for many leading publications and websites, from Time to Bloomberg to Harvard Business Review, Foreign Affairs and the New York Times.  

Marc is the author of numerous books including “The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger” which was shortlisted for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award and has been labeled one of the best business books of all time.  

His latest book “Outside the Box: How Globalization Changed from Moving Stuff to Spreading Ideas” offers a lively history of globalization and presents some unorthodox ideas about its future. 

Marc holds master’s degrees from Georgia State University and Princeton University and a doctorate in history from the City University of New York.

He lives in Washington, DC. 





Articles by Marc Levinson

The Population Bust and the Market for “Stuff”

With populations now shrinking in many countries, we are looking towards a future in which the demand for goods is likely to be far from robust.

June 22, 2024