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Robert J. Shapiro

Chairman, Sonecon LLC

Robert J. Shapiro is co-founder and chairman of Sonecon, LLC, a private firm that advises U.S. and foreign businesses, governments and non-profit organizations.

From 1998 to 2001, he served as Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1998 to 2001. He was the vice president of the Progressive Policy Institute, an organization he co-founded in 1989.

He was Bill Clinton’s principal economic advisor during the 1991-92 presidential campaign and a senior economic advisor to Barack Obama, Al Gore and John Kerry during their campaigns.

Mr. Shapiro also served as legislative director for U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, associate editor of U.S. News & World Report, and an economics columnist for Slate magazine.

He also is currently a Senior Fellow of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and adviser to the IMF.

He also chairs the Globalization Initiative at NDN, a Washington think tan, and co-chairs the American Task Force Argentina, an organization that encourages the Argentine government to reach a favorable settlement with foreign bondholders arising out of Argentina’s 2001 debt default and subsequent restructuring.

He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and lives in Washington, D.C.

Articles by Robert J. Shapiro

How Ron DeSantis Makes the Case for Bidenomics

Almost everything Ron DeSantis promises in his new plan – higher growth, more energy production and easing inequality – is already happening under Joe Biden.

August 29, 2023

The Deteriorating US Economy

Economists cannot say with precision when the next U.S. recession will begin. But there is no reasonable doubt that the U.S. economy will weaken in 2019.

January 3, 2019

US Census 2020: A Political Boomerang for Republicans?

Asking about citizenship status in the 2020 Census is dangerous and politically inept.

April 6, 2018

Trump’s Economic Agenda: The State of Dis-Union

The “forgotten” Americans – to whom Trump solemnly promised that they would be forgotten no more – are likely to go empty-handed.

January 27, 2018

How Trump and Democrats Could Cut a Deal on Taxes

In an even bigger shock than on immigration, a new GOP nightmare could unfold on taxes.

September 27, 2017

Brexit: Two Unexpected Winners

Brexit: Everyone will lose — except Trump and his soulmate, Putin.

May 27, 2016

The U.S. and the Real Outrage About the Panama Papers

Why isn’t the United States leading the charge to end global tax evasion via secret offshore accounts?

May 2, 2016

Will the GOP Break Up?

Alienated, right-wing Republican populists and mainstream establishment conservatives cannot be reconciled.

December 22, 2015

Beyond Saber Rattling: Who Bails Out Ukraine?

Will Russia or the West bail out Ukraine's economy?

March 6, 2014

Memo to U.S. Democrats on Upcoming Trade Deals

U.S. workers could be big winners in the current trade talks.

February 19, 2014

How to Rebuild U.S. Incomes

Unraveling America’s problems with incomes, inequality and upward mobility.

December 13, 2013

The LIBOR Mess

Could the LIBOR scandal become the biggest financial fraud in history?

July 13, 2012

The Costs of Overturning Obama’s Healthcare Reforms

Why should the average American family have to pay nearly one-third of its annual income for a healthcare system that will claim about 18% of GDP by 2016?

April 2, 2012

Greece, the Argentine Debt Default and the American Connection

Why should Greece approach Argentina's debt default as a cautionary tale?

May 17, 2010

Argentina and the G-20

Eight years later, how is Argentina's debt default affecting the country's economy?

September 22, 2009

The Case for a Carbon Tax to Control Climate Change (Part II)

What would be the consequences of introducing cap-and-trade financial instruments into already volatile markets?

August 11, 2009

The Case for a Carbon Tax to Control Climate Change (Part I)

Why would a carbon tax create more stable energy prices than a cap-and-trade mechanism?

August 10, 2009

The Unique Advantage of the United States

What particular factors account for the United States' competitive advantage?

June 12, 2008

The World in 2020

Does the rise of China necessarily mean the decline of the United States?

June 11, 2008