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Barry Eichengreen

Barry Eichengreen

Writing for PS since 2003
191 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Is Joe Biden Really the New Jimmy Carter?
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    Is Joe Biden Really the New Jimmy Carter?

    Jan 9, 2024 Barry Eichengreen sees a key difference between the incumbent and the last one-term Democratic US president.

  5. Developing Countries’ Never-Ending Debt Crisis
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    Developing Countries’ Never-Ending Debt Crisis

    Dec 14, 2023 Barry Eichengreen worries that creditors, especially major sovereigns like China, are losing their grip on the problem.

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    China’s Rebalancing Imperative

    Stephen S. Roach

    The most successful development stories almost always involve major shifts in the sources of economic growth, which in turn allow economies to reinvent themselves out of necessity or by design. In China, the interplay of mounting external pressures, lagging household consumption, and falling productivity will increasingly shape China’s policy choices in the years ahead.

    explains why the Chinese authorities should switch to a consumption- and productivity-led growth model.
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    From Welfare State to Safe State in Latin America

    Jorge G. Castañeda & Carlos Ominami

    Designing a progressive anti-violence strategy that delivers the safety for which a huge share of Latin Americans crave is perhaps the most difficult challenge facing many of the region’s governments. But it is also the most important.

    urge the region’s progressives to start treating security as an essential component of social protection.
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    The Urgency of Sovereign-Debt Restructuring

    José Antonio Ocampo highlights the need for a comprehensive mechanism to deliver relief to low- and middle-income countries.
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    The Gaza War Goes Global

    Joschka Fischer considers the implications of Iran’s unprecedented decision to launch a direct strike on Israeli territory.
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    Gender-Neutral Fintech Isn’t Working for Women

    Emmanuel Nyirinkindi & Jessica Schnabel show that the industry is not fully delivering on its promise to accelerate financial inclusion.
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    The Urgency of Palestinian Statehood

    Gareth Evans explains why formal international recognition is crucial to ending the intolerable status quo.
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    Quality Journalism Is More Important than Ever

    Anya Schiffrin, et al. explain how policymakers can support rigorous, objective reporting, just as they provide other public goods.
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    Is India’s Economy Overhyped?

    Shang-Jin Wei argues that the country’s rapid development, while undeniable, conceals deeper structural problems.
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    Negotiating a Bigger, Better World Bank

    Michael Krake & Wempi Saputra explain how a new framework will nudge countries to invest in projects that deliver global public goods.

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