Edward Conard is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on US economic policy — in particular, on the effect of taxes, government policies, and finance on risk-taking and innovation.

A founding member of Bain Capital, Conard was in charge of the New York office and responsible for the acquisitions of large industrial companies. Previously, he worked for Wasserstein Perella & Co., an investment bank that specialized in mergers and acquisitions, and Bain & Company, a management-consulting firm, where he led the firm’s industrial practice.

Conard is the author of the New York Times top-ten nonfiction bestseller “Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About the Economy is Wrong” (Portofolio/Penguin, 2012). Since its publication, he has made more than 150 media appearances and has debated major economists, politicians, and journalists, including Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz, and Jon Stewart.

Conard has a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the University of Michigan.


  • Wrote “Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You’ve Been Told about the Economy is Wrong,” 2008–12
  • Managing Director, Bain Capital Inc., 1993–2007
  • Director, Wasserstein Perella & Co., 1990–93
  • Vice President, Bain & Company, 1982–90
  • Engineer, Ford Motor Company, 1977–80


MBA, Harvard Business School

BSE, The University of Michigan