Alan S. Blinder is the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University. He also is vice chairman of the Promontory Interfinancial Network. He has been a member of the Princeton University faculty since 1971, taking time off from 1993 to 1996 for government service, where he served first as a member of President Bill Clinton's original Council of Economic Advisers and then as vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Mr. Blinder is the author or co-author of 20 books, including the textbook Economics: Principles and Policy with William Baumol, from which more than two and a half million college students have learned introductory economics. Mr. Blinder’s latest book, “After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead,” was published in January 2013. He also is a regular columnist for The Wall Street Journal and appears frequently on television and radio. He is a member of the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 2011 he was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.