Sunday, February 1, 2015
  1. Economics

    The ECB and Its Critics

    Jean Pisani-Ferry
    Economics

    The ECB and Its Critics

    6

     rebuts the main charges being leveled against the decision to launch quantitative easing.

    Euro sign ECB Frankfurt orkomedix/Flickr

    The European Central Bank’s decision to embark on quantitative easing has triggered an avalanche of indictments, largely reflecting northern European (and especially German) concerns. Though the main charges against QE are unfounded, they must be confronted head-on, lest they undermine the ECB’s credibility and effectiveness. READ MORE

  2. Politics

    A Greek Burial for German Austerity

    Joschka Fischer
    Politics

    A Greek Burial for German Austerity

    29

     urges Chancellor Angela Merkel to change course – before it is too late.

    Greece election Gail Orenstein/ZumaPress

    Even before the leftist Syriza party's victory in Greece’s recent general election, it was obvious that, far from being over, the euro crisis was threatening to worsen. And it does not take a prophet to predict that the Greek election result will leave the European Union's German-backed austerity policy in tatters. READ MORE

  3. Economics

    Redistribution or Inclusion?

    Ricardo Hausmann
    Economics

    Redistribution or Inclusion?

    9

     distinguishes between two sources of income inequality that are often conflated.

    Singapore city skyline night Erwin Soo/Flickr

    Many people fear that profound and deepening income inequality is a global phenomenon with similar causes everywhere. But there are two sources of inequality – disparate productivity levels among firms and unequal distribution within them – and conflating them prevents clear thinking on either one. READ MORE

  4. Politics

    Wall Street for President?

    Simon Johnson
    Politics

    Wall Street for President?

    2

     urges the US Democratic Party to embrace Elizabeth Warren's proposals for financial-sector reform.

    American flag office building Daniel Hoherd/Flickr

    America's Democratic Party – including President Barack Obama – is apparently of two minds on the extent to which it should defend its own financial legislation from attack by the country's powerful megabanks. It can have the 2010 Dodd-Frank reforms, or it can have Wall Street's campaign contributions, but it cannot have both. READ MORE

  5. Sustainability & Environment

    The Responsible Investor’s Guide to Climate Change

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    Sustainability & Environment

    The Responsible Investor’s Guide to Climate Change

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    &  make the case that fossil-fuel divestment is only one option.

    Man reading newspaper finance section Ed Yourdon/Flickr

    Around the world, institutional investors – including pension funds, insurance companies, philanthropic endowments, and universities – are grappling with the question of whether to divest from oil, gas, and coal companies. Divestment is indeed one answer, but so is active shareholder engagement. READ MORE

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