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Barry Eichengreen

Barry Eichengreen

Writing for PS since 2003
193 commentaries
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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. America’s Debt Is Both Sustainable and a Problem
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    America’s Debt Is Both Sustainable and a Problem

    Jun 11, 2024 Barry Eichengreen assesses the IMF’s latest annual review of the US economy and the risks to the Fund’s sanguine predictions.

  2. The Dilemmas of the Dollar
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    The Dilemmas of the Dollar

    May 13, 2024 Barry Eichengreen asks whether anything can or should be done about the greenback's strength, especially against Asian currencies.

  3. Why Is Europe Losing the Productivity Race?
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    Why Is Europe Losing the Productivity Race?

    Apr 9, 2024 Barry Eichengreen rules out several popular explanations for the growing differential with the United States.

  4. The Temptation of Frontier Markets
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    The Temptation of Frontier Markets

    Mar 12, 2024 Barry Eichengreen sees several reasons why countries like Côte d'Ivoire and Benin have been able to tap international investors.

  5. The Middle Truth in the Inflation Muddle
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    The Middle Truth in the Inflation Muddle

    Feb 14, 2024 Barry Eichengreen explains why the Federal Reserve's critics are wrong about monetary policy's role in recent years.

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    What Climate-Vulnerable Developing Countries Need Right Now

    Mia Amor Mottley & Wale Edun propose a blueprint to unlock financing and kickstart investment in adaptation and clean energy.
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    Two Cheers for Identity Politics

    James Livingston argues that critics of the contemporary focus on issues of race, gender, and sexuality are ignoring history.
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    What the Next EU Leadership Must Do

    Carl Bildt offers a broad outline of the bloc's biggest challenges following this month's European Parliament election.
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    China Must Not Choose the Next Dalai Lama

    Brahma Chellaney urges the US and India to work together to protect the more than 600-year-old institution.
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    The New EU Leadership Must Unite on China

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen urges whoever takes over the bloc's foreign-policy portfolio to do more to deter Chinese aggression.
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    The Evolution of Empire

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    The history of Britain's conquest of India and humiliation of China shows that empire is very much still with us today. Though Americans tend to bristle at the idea, their own military, technological, and commercial power is as imperial and pervasive as Britain’s territorial dominance ever was.

    traces the enduring role of imperial power from the eighteenth century to the present.
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    If Democracy Isn’t Pro-Worker, It Will Die

    Daron Acemoglu argues that populists are making inroads because industrialized economies aren't delivering what was promised.
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    The Financial Risks of France’s Snap Election

    Brigitte Granville thinks political stalemate is a greater threat to European stability than a far-right government.
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    A Far-Right Resurgence in Europe?

    Many observers breathed a sigh of relief at the results of the European Parliament elections, because the widely predicted far-right surge did not dislodge traditional conservatives. But even if far-right forces do not dominate the next European Parliament, they have gained ground, particularly in France and Germany. Can mainstream politicians and parties reverse this trend?

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