Atif Mian is Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and Director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance at the Woodrow Wilson School. He holds a bachelors degree in Mathematics with Computer Science and Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. Prior to joining Princeton in 2012 he taught at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Chicago Booth School of business. Professor Mian's work studies the connections between finance and the macro economy. His latest book, House of Debt, with Amir Sufi builds upon powerful new data to describe how debt precipitated the Great Recession. The book explains why debt continues to threaten the global economy, and what needs to be done to fix the financial system. House of Debt is critically acclaimed by The New York TimesFinancial TimesThe Wall Street Journal,The Economist, and The Atlantic among others. Professor Mian's research has appeared in top academic journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of EconomicsJournal of FinanceReview of Financial Studies and Journal of Financial Economics.

FT/McKinsey Business Book Of The Year 2014 - Shortlisted

"It is all too easy to get wrapped up in the glamour and squalor of financial maneuvers. One forgets that the financial system is useful only to the extent that it makes the everyday economy of production, employment, consumption and capital formation work better, and avoids doing harm. Mian and Sufi do not make this mistake. Their principles and their very ingenious research keep the focus where it belongs. They tell a powerful story about excessive debt that any reader can understand, they nail it down with careful use of data, and they have serious ideas about how to make the system better and safer. It is a splendid book.”

- Robert M. Solow, Nobel Laureate, Institute Professor, Professor of Economics at MIT

"likely to be the most important economics book of 2014 ... the most important book to come out of the 2008 financial crisis ... in many ways a model for what economists should do"
- Larry Summers, Financial Times

"the leading experts on this subject are the economists Atif Mian and Amir Sufi"
 Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate, The New York Times 

"The jewel of 2014 is House of Debt by Atif Mian and Amir Sufi ... this work will take its place in the canon of literary economic breakthroughs"
- The Independent

"a concise and powerful account of how the great recession happened and what should be done to avoid another one"
- The Wall Street Journal

"distills lessons about the crisis from their recent research into one easily digestible package"
- The Economist 

“magnificent book" 
- Wofgang Munchau, Financial Times

"brilliant new book"
- National Review

"a profoundly important book"
- Ken Rogoff, Harvard University 

"compelling evidence"
- Henry Paulson, former U.S. Treasury Secretary

"illuminating insight into the dangers of collateralized finance"
- Benoit Coeure, member of the European Central Bank’s Executive Board