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Hans-Werner Sinn

Hans-Werner Sinn

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Hans-Werner Sinn, Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Munich, is a former president of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research and serves on the German economy ministry’s Advisory Council. He is the author, most recently, of The Green Paradox: A Supply-Side Approach to Global Warming (The MIT Press, 2012).

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  1. COVID as a Natural Experiment for Climate Policy
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    COVID as a Natural Experiment for Climate Policy

    Jun 14, 2023 Hans-Werner Sinn shows why the rich world's decarbonization efforts will not change the course of global warming.

  2. Accounting for Casino Capitalism
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    Accounting for Casino Capitalism

    Mar 27, 2023 Hans-Werner Sinn draws parallels between recent bank collapses and the late-nineteenth-century “founders’ crash.”

  3. Europe at Debt’s Door
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    Europe at Debt’s Door

    Feb 7, 2023 Hans-Werner Sinn warns that the European Commission's borrowing plans endanger the EU's stability and the single currency.

  4. Is Germany Sick Again?
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    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Nov 25, 2022 Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.

  5. The ECB Has Been Driving EU Inflation
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    The ECB Has Been Driving EU Inflation

    Sep 30, 2022 Hans-Werner Sinn explains how the European Central Bank has contributed to soaring prices, including for energy.

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    The Financial Risks of France’s Snap Election

    Brigitte Granville

    Being too big to fail, France has long benefited from procedural gimmicks that allow it to run deficits well above what is allowed under the European Commission's fiscal rules. Since not even a far-right government would jeopardize this privileged status, a political stalemate is what should most worry investors.

    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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    The Big Picture

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    Harnessing AI for the Common Good

    Lenny Mendonca urges policymakers to play a more active role in shaping the future of emerging technologies.
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    Is Private Credit Becoming the Public’s Problem?

    Howard Davies considers whether, and in what manner, regulators should respond to the industry's explosive growth.
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    Organ Donation Can Save Donors’ Lives, Too

    Peter Singer shows why a recipient of a new liver or kidney is not necessarily the only one who benefits.
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    The Global Implications of EU Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Shang-Jin Wei explains how higher levies will affect domestic consumers, Chinese producers, and other countries.
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    A Shining Example of Successful Multilateralism

    Emmanuel Macron, et al. tout the transformative achievements of a global partnership that has helped halve child mortality.
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    Diplomacy Could Help Revive Democracy in Venezuela

    Roberto Patiño urges the international community to help ensure a free and fair presidential election in July.

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