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Andrés Velasco

Andrés Velasco

Writing for PS since 2001
132 commentaries

Andrés Velasco, a former presidential candidate and finance minister of Chile, is Dean of the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of numerous books and papers on international economics and development, and has served on the faculty at Harvard, Columbia, and New York Universities. 

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  1. The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto
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    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

    Nov 25, 2022 Andrés Velasco explains why FTX's collapse should sink a hyped-up lie bobbing on an ocean of libertarian technobabble.

  2. Early to Hike, Early to Thrive?
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    Early to Hike, Early to Thrive?

    Oct 31, 2022 Andrés Velasco explains why some central banks began raising interest rates a year ahead of the the US and the eurozone.

  3. God Save the Pound?
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    God Save the Pound?

    Sep 26, 2022 Andrés Velasco explains why sterling is plummeting when economic theory says it should be soaring.

  4. Woke Politics Goes South
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    Woke Politics Goes South

    Aug 25, 2022 Andrés Velasco argues that left-wing activists' mistakes risk pushing Latin American voters toward right-wing authoritarians.

  5. Argentina’s Never-Ending Tragic Farce
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    Argentina’s Never-Ending Tragic Farce

    Jul 27, 2022 Andrés Velasco argues that the country’s latest bout of financial turmoil is following a familiar historical pattern.

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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
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    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
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    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell

    In a world of giants, the EU and Mercosur together represent just 10% of the world’s population and 20% of global GDP. If either wants to wield global influence, it needs the other, making the EU-Mercosur trade agreement a strategic imperative.

    urge European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.
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    Let the WTO Referee Carbon Border Taxes

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how a revived World Trade Organization can play a central role in combating climate change.
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    Elon Musk’s Not-so-Hidden Agenda

    Jason Stanley thinks the mogul's takeover of Twitter reflects his interest in destroying all democratic information spaces.
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    Saadia Zahidi on government spending, debt distress, the Iran protests, and more

    Saadia Zahidi argues that social-safety nets must be customized and targeted to ensure efficiency, advocates a more responsible approach to deficit reduction and fiscal consolidation, describes the complex recipe for helping countries reap the benefits of greater female labor-force participation, and more.
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    The Birth of a New International Order

    Joschka Fischer sees global great-power relations taking shape around a Sino-American dominated pentarchy.
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    The World Cup Syndrome

    Raj Persaud reflects on the effects that loving the “beautiful game” can have on one’s health and finances.
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    Rebooting the World Bank

    Suma Chakrabarti & Chris Humphrey outline key reforms that could help the institution regain the trust of developing countries.

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