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Barry Eichengreen

Barry Eichengreen

Writing for PS since 2003
176 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics 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. Sympathy for the Algorithm
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    Sympathy for the Algorithm

    Jan 11, 2023 Barry Eichengreen considers the philosophical, economic, and aesthetic questions raised by OpenAI’s release of ChatGPT.

  2. A Financial Agenda for India’s G20 Presidency
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    A Financial Agenda for India’s G20 Presidency

    Dec 12, 2022 Barry Eichengreen & Poonam Gupta outline feasible, widely supported steps that member countries can take to strengthen global resilience.

  3. The Trilemma of Central Bank Digital Currencies
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    The Trilemma of Central Bank Digital Currencies

    Nov 9, 2022 Barry Eichengreen thinks policymakers’ race to roll out new payment vehicles is being driven by some questionable assumptions.

  4. Who Should Coordinate Ukrainian Reconstruction?
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    Who Should Coordinate Ukrainian Reconstruction?

    Oct 11, 2022 Barry Eichengreen examines the alternatives for implementing a program that will cost hundreds of billions of dollars.

  5. The Long Shadow of Black Wednesday
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    The Long Shadow of Black Wednesday

    Sep 13, 2022 Barry Eichengreen recalls why the UK crashed out of the incipient eurozone 30 years ago – and shows why it still matters today.

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    A Subsidy War Without Winners

    Andrés Velasco calls on policymakers to avoid petty conflicts and work together to encourage green investments.
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    Japan’s New Security Posture Is Abe’s Legacy

    Taniguchi Tomohiko explains how the government’s ambitious defense agenda expands on the late prime minister’s ideas.
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    For the Common Good

    Mariana Mazzucato outlines a new governance model for ensuring a fairer distribution of agency, risk, and reward.
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    Helping Middle-Income Energy Exporters Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit

    Carlos Lopes explains what it will take for resource-rich economies to diversify and develop new revenue sources.
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    The New European Frontier

    Giulio Boccaletti

    Given this summer's climate-driven disasters, one might think that the European political system would be devising comprehensive adaptation plans. But, despite some steps in the right direction, Europeans are only just waking up to the constitutional implications of a changing physical environment.

    thinks a changing climate will force the European Union finally to embrace its political nature.
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    The Poverty of Anti-Capitalism

    Harold James considers recent arguments against markets, globalization, and growth, finding them to be deeply flawed.
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    How Not to Fight Inflation

    Joseph E. Stiglitz sees little upside and much downside to further monetary-policy tightening by the US Federal Reserve.
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    Who Is Part of the Free World?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter urges US President Joe Biden to abandon a phrase that is better left in the twentieth century.
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    Realism About Techno-Optimism

    Gernot Wagner laments that public debate about climate solutions is long on political grandstanding and short on nuance.

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