Leanne Ussher

Dr. Leanne Ussher

Affiliate Scholar

Leanne Ussher is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics at Bard College and Associate Editor of Frontiers Blockchain. Her research specializes in global and local monetary theory, network analysis of corporate finance, and the history of economic thought. Leanne's introduction into monetary systems began as a Securities Analyst at the Reserve Bank of Australia, and via a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance. Armed with an appreciation of economic institutions, she pursued her graduate studies into heterodox economics at The New School for Social Research in New York. After receiving a PhD in (post Keynesian) Economics she spent 14 years in academia at the City University of New York, Queens College, as well as Visiting Research Scientist in Complexity at the Institute for Scientific Interchange, Turin, Italy; and as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research and publications have focused on the microstructure of financial systems, systemic risk, agent based modeling and bottom up macroeconomics, and international monetary systems. Outside of academia Leanne has been a Senior Researcher on blockchain ecosystems at Consensys, consultant to the CFA Institute, and Senior Economist at the Hudson Valley Current (a local currency). Leanne is a co-founder of the New York City Computational Economics and Complexity Workshop. Leanne likes to bake bread, compost, and nurture a garden for butterflies, bees and humming birds.

  • 2018 - Affiliate Scholar am IASS, "Systemische Risiken"
  • 2016-2017 Visiting Assistant Professorin für Wirtschaftswissenschaften, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • 2011 - Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), Expertin
  • 2004-2016 Assistenzprofessorin für Wirtschaftswissenschaften am Queens College der City University of New York
  • 2008 Forschungswissenschaftlerin, Komplexe Systeme Lagrange LAB, Stiftung Institut für wissenschaftlichen Austausch, Turin.
  • 2008 Berater des CFA Institute, Bretton Woods neu erfinden
  • 2006 Mitbegründer des NYC Computational Economics and Complexity Workshops
  • 2005 Ph.D. Wirtschaftswissenschaften, New School for Social Research, New York. Thema: Ein agentenbasiertes Modell eines spekulativen Futures-Marktes
  • 1994 Dozentin für Mathematik und Statistik für Volkswirtschaftslehre, ein Pre-Masters Kurs, National Economics University Hanoi, Vietnam (Winter)
  • 1994 Graduierten-Diplom in Angewandter Finanzwissenschaft, Securities Institute of Australia, Sydney
  • 1992-1994 Wertpapieranalystin, Reserve Bank of Australia, Sydney
  • 1991 B.Ec. Mit Auszeichnung, Macquarie University, Sydney
  • Geldtheorie
  • Weltwirtschaft
  • Post-Keynesianische Makroökonomik
  • Agentenbasierte Modelle mit Konsistenz von Bestands- und Flussgrößen
  • Ein ökonomisch, ökologisch und sozial nachhaltiges Finanzsystem
  • Komplexe Systeme und Netzwerke
  • Ausgleichslager für Rohstoffe, Nahrungsmittelsicherheit und nachhaltige Produktionssysteme
  • Die Geschichte der Wirtschaftstheorie

Publikationen vor der Tätigkeit am IASS

  • Ussher, Leanne, Armin Haas, Klaus Töpfer, and Carlo C. Jaeger (2017) "Keynes and the International Monetary System: Time for a Tabular Standard?" European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, pp1-34. Published online 26 September 2017.
  • Ussher, Leanne (2016) "International Monetary Policy with Commodity Buffer Stocks," European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention. Pp. 10-25, Vol 13(1).
  • Golo, Nataša, David Brée, Guy Kelman, Leanne Ussher, Marco Lamieri, and Sorin Solomon (2016) "Too Dynamic to Fail: Empirical support for an autocatalytic model of Minsky's financial instability hypothesis." Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination. Springer. October 2016, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 247-271.
  • Ussher, Leanne (2012) "International Financial Reform," The Elgar Companion to Post Keynesian Economics, (ed) J. E. King second edition. Edward Elgar Publishing, pp 309-314.
  • Ussher, Leanne (2009) "Global Imbalances and the Key Currency Regime: The Case for a Commodity Reserve Currency" Review of Political Economy, pp.403-421 Vol 21(3).
  • Turnell, Sean and Leanne Ussher (2009) "A 'New Bretton Woods': Kaldor, and the Antipodean Quest for Global Full Employment" co-authored with Sean Turnell, Review of Political Economy, pp.423-445 Vol 21(3).
  • Ussher, Leanne (2008) "A Speculative Futures Market with Zero-Intelligence" Eastern Economics Journal, pp.518-549 Vol 34(4) Fall.
  • Barr, Jason M., Troy Tassier, Leanne Ussher, Blake LeBaron, Shu-Heng Chen and Shyam Sunder (2008) "The Future of Agent-Based Research in Economics: A Panel Discussion," Eastern Economics Journal, Palgrave Macmillan, pp.550-565, 34(4) Fall 2008
  • 2017 "Trade Credit Networks and Sample Statistics" 43rd Annual Conference Eastern Economic Association, New York City (February 23 - 26).
  • 2016 "Endogeneous Cycles in a Trade Credit Network" 91st Annual Conference Western Economic Association International, Portland, Oregon (June 29-July 3).
  • 2015 "An Agent Based Network of Firm Trade Credit," 20th Annual Workshop on the Economic Science with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents, Sophia Antipolis, SKEMA Business School, (May 21-23).
  • 2015 "Keynes and the International Monetary System: Time for a Tabular Standard?" coauthors Armin Haas, Klaus Töpfer, and Carlo C. Jaeger. XIX Annual Conference European Society for the History of Economic Thought Roma Tre University, Rome, (May 14-16).
  • 2014 "Combining International Monetary Reform with Commodity Price Stabilization: Keynes, Graham, and Kaldor," 12th International Post Keynesian Conference, Kansas City, Missouri (Sept 25-28).
  • 2012 "Commodity Reserve Currency: History of an Idea," Towards a Sustainable Global Financial System: 
Assessing the Perspective of Special Drawing Rights Linked to Commodity Buffer Stocks, Potsdam, Germany. (Dec 8-9)
  • 2011 "Breakout Session I: Instability" Bridging silos, breaking silences: New responses to instability and inequality, Institute for New Economic Thinking Conference, Desmond Tutu Center, NYC. (Nov 4-6).
  • 2011 "Combining International Monetary Reform with Commodity Buffer Stocks : Keynes, Graham and Kaldor," New Economic Thinking Conference for the panel, Bretton Woods: What Can We Learn from the Past in Designing the Future, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. (Apr 8-10)
  • 2011 Keynote speech for the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honors Economics Society (ODE) annual induction ceremony, St Francis College, Brooklyn, NY, April 6th.
  • 2011 "Improvement on the SDR." Initiative Triffin 21, towards a world reserve currency, Turin Italy. (May 13-15)
  • 2009 "Rethinking the International Monetary Framework," The Columbia University Seminar on Political Economy and Contemporary Social Issues (Nov 19).
  • 2009 "Agent-based Models with Zero Intelligence," First International Workshop on Managing Financial Instability in Capitalistic Economies, Reykjavik University, Iceland. (Sept 3-5).
  • 2009 "Mark-to-Market and Repurchase Agreements: Monetary Policy with Zero Intelligent Agents," Agent-based modeling for banking and finance," Turin, Italy (Feb 9-11). Turin University Economics Department and the Central Bank of Italy.
  • 2008 "Settlement and Leveraged Trading in a Speculative Futures Market" workshop on Agent-Based Approaches in Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Jan 24).
  • 2007 "Allocative Efficiency of a Speculative Future Market with Zero-Patience" Second European PhD Complexity School, Stochastic Effects in Differential Nonlinear Models - From Neutrality in Evolution to Efficiency in Markets. ISI Foundation, Turin, Italy (Nov 22-27)
  • 2005 "Simulating land use and ist environmental impacts: limits and possibilities of Land Use and Land Cover Change models," with Sergio Rivero (UNIR). 1st Simulating Sustainable Development Workshop, Belem, Brazil (Dec 16 -17).
  • 2010-2012 Certificate of Merit, Queens College City University of New York
  • 2011-2015 Inaugural INET Grantee at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, New York
  • 2002-2003 Research Fellow, Center for Economic Policy Analysis, New School for Social Research 1998-2000 Research Fellow, Transformational Growth and Full Employment Project, New School for Social Research
  • 1996-1997 Michael Gellert Fellow, New School for Social Research