Robert J. Samuelson

Washington, D.C.

Former columnist focusing on economics

Education: Harvard College, BA in political science

Robert J. Samuelson wrote a twice-weekly economics column before he retired in September 2020. Both appeared online, and one usually ran in The Washington Post in print on Mondays. He was a columnist for Newsweek magazine from 1984 to 2011. He began his journalism career as a reporter on The Post business desk, from 1969 to 1973. From 1973 to 1976, he was a freelance writer. He was an economics reporter and columnist for National Journal magazine from 1976 to 1984 — when he joined Newsweek. He grew up in White Plains, N.Y., and attended Harvard College. He lives in Bethesda with his wife, Judi
Latest from Robert J. Samuelson

The Fed’s inflation machine: What would Volcker do?

The defeat of double-digit inflation (from 13 percent in 1980 to 1 percent in 1986) was a triumph of economic policy.

October 19, 2021

Goodbye, readers, and good luck — you’ll need it

What 50 years of writing about economics has taught me.

September 13, 2020

Don’t forget about inflation

The Fed’s new guidelines could repeat mistakes of the past.

August 30, 2020

Biden’s proposals are popular. They’re also expensive — very expensive.

Joe Biden didn’t mention his spending proposals during his convention speech, and for good reason.

August 23, 2020

The rise of the upper middle class

A new study also shows the decline of the middle class.

August 16, 2020

Let’s call it what it is. We’re in a Pandemic Depression.

This economic slump is more than a mere recession.

August 9, 2020

The Internet’s threat is more about national security than the economy

We are more vulnerable to a massive cyberattack than to economic monopolies.

August 2, 2020

Is Europe finally coming together?

The odds of Europe solving its ‘Italy problem’ just got a bit better.

July 26, 2020

Stock buybacks and a shaky economy

Companies are paying out enormous sums to shareholders.

July 19, 2020

The stock market and economy have parted ways. It’s a FOMO market now.

What explains the disconnect between the real economy and the stock market?

July 12, 2020