He is also the author of Taking America (Bantam, 1987), and The End of Affluence (Random House, 1995), both of which were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Taking America was chosen by Business Week as one of the ten best books of the year. His book, Why Economies Grow (Basic Books/Century Foundation, 2002), emphasized the need for active public investment and a broader understanding of the causes of growth than was popular in academia at the time. He has written for many other publications over the years, including The
Madrick gives many speeches and makes frequent public appearances. He has appeared on Charlie Rose, The Lehrer News Hour, Now With Bill Moyers, Frontline, C-Span, Book Notes, CNN, CNBC, CBS, BBC, and NPR. He has also served as a policy consultant and speech writer for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and other U.S. legislators.
Madrick is a fellow of the World Policy Institute and the Century Foundation, and a is a member of the board of The Center for Economic and Poicy Research.
From the 1970s to the 1990s, Madrick had several positions in journalism, including serving as Wall Street editor of Money Magazine, finance editor of Business Week Magazine and an NBC News reporter and commentator. His awards included an Emmy and a Page One Award.
Madrick was educated at