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Barry Eichengreen

Barry Eichengreen

Writing for PS since 2003
184 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, is a former senior policy adviser at the International Monetary Fund. He is the author of many books, including In Defense of Public Debt (Oxford University Press, 2021).

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  1. How Global Currencies End
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    How Global Currencies End

    Sep 11, 2023 Barry Eichengreen plumbs twentieth-century monetary history for insights into the likely fate of dollar hegemony.

  2. The US Economy Is Up, so Why Is Biden Down?
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    The US Economy Is Up, so Why Is Biden Down?

    Aug 10, 2023 Barry Eichengreen says that Bidenomics may be working – inflation is easing and employment is growing – but the messaging is not.

  3. Russia and the Long Shadow of Versailles
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    Russia and the Long Shadow of Versailles

    Jul 11, 2023 Barry Eichengreen considers how the Kremlin should be compelled to pay for the damage it has caused in Ukraine.

  4. Making Development Bank Lending Safe for Poor Countries
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    Making Development Bank Lending Safe for Poor Countries

    Jun 15, 2023 Barry Eichengreen & Ruurd Brouwer urge participants at the "Macron Summit" to address the exchange-rate risk that borrowers are forced to bear.

  5. Winners and Losers in the AI Arms Race
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    Winners and Losers in the AI Arms Race

    May 10, 2023 Barry Eichengreen asks which countries will benefit from the advent of artificial intelligence, and which will not.

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    The Green Growth Mindset

    Gernot Wagner sees doctrinaire debates about capitalism as irrelevant or even deleterious to the decarbonization effort.
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    Africa Is the Future of Multilateralism

    Mark Malloch-Brown explains why the continent should be at the forefront of efforts to bring about international reforms.
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    A Chinese Bubble Long in the Making

    Yi Fuxian

    The Chinese government is very good at covering up small problems, but these often pile up into much bigger ones that can no longer be ignored. The current real-estate bubble is a case in point, casting serious doubts not just on the wisdom of past policies but also on China's long-term economic future.

    traces the long roots of the country's mounting economic and financial problems.
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    Industrial Policy Is Back

    From semiconductors to electric vehicles, governments are identifying the strategic industries of the future and intervening to support them – abandoning decades of neoliberal orthodoxy in the process. Are industrial policies the key to tackling twenty-first-century economic challenges or a recipe for market distortions and lower efficiency?

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    Is AI a Master or Slave?

    Joschka Fischer wonders whether humanity can even hope to maintain control in an era of “mega-crisis.”
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    Laying Chicago Economics to Rest

    Antara Haldar

    From breakthroughs in behavioral economics to mounting evidence in the real world, there is good reason to think that the economic orthodoxy of the past 50 years now has one foot in the grave. The question is whether the mainstream economics profession has gotten the memo.

    looks back on 50 years of neoclassical economic orthodoxy and the damage it has wrought.
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    America’s Broken Civic Bargain

    J. Bradford DeLong worries that Republicans have abandoned one of the core principles that sustains a democracy over time.
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    Affirmative Action Under Siege

    Ashwini Deshpande shows how the supreme courts in India and the US have undermined efforts to address serious discrimination.
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    Is the Fed’s Negative Capital a Problem?

    Willem H. Buiter thinks not, but recommends a reform designed to ensure that it does not become one in the future.

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