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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 Euro Trap: On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. The End of the EU’s Free Lunch
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    The End of the EU’s Free Lunch

    Aug 2, 2022 Hans-Werner Sinn shows why the European Central Bank can no longer finance member states’ debt without consequence.

  4. How Global Food Crises Work
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    How Global Food Crises Work

    May 30, 2022 Hans-Werner Sinn revisits the 2007 “tortilla crisis” for a preview of what rising grain prices will mean for the world.

  5. Germany’s Energy Fiasco
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    Germany’s Energy Fiasco

    Mar 28, 2022 Hans-Werner Sinn examines the policy mistakes that have left the country dangerously dependent on Russian gas.

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    The Age of Verbiage

    Arvind Subramanian blames today’s nonstop inundation of expert opinion for undermining the quality of public discourse.
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    Davos Man Has a People Problem

    Antara Haldar suspects that the socially “disembedded” economic logic of globalization has gone as far as it can go.
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    Eliminate the Debt Ceiling

    Willem H. Buiter thinks the US Constitution and common sense argue for a de facto abolition of the cap.
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    Japan’s Fiscal Dilemma

    Takatoshi Ito explains why the country’s deficit-financed spending spree endangers its national security.
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    Too Soon for Global Optimism

    Kenneth Rogoff

    It is hard to reconcile the jubilant mood of many business leaders with the uncertainty caused by the war in Ukraine. While there are some positive signs of economic recovery, a sudden escalation could severely destabilize the global economy, cause a stock market crash, and accelerate deglobalization.

    warns that the Ukraine war and economic fragmentation are still jeopardizing world growth prospects.
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    Why Europe’s Franco-German Engine Is Stalling

    Jean Pisani-Ferry cautions that the two countries' differences are so substantial that a hasty compromise will not suffice.
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    Central Banks Should Slow Down

    Lucrezia Reichlin fears the consequences of excessive interest-rate hikes in the US, the UK, and especially the eurozone.
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    Three Cheers for Hybrid Work

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg thinks the advantages of more flexible labor arrangements outweigh the disadvantages.
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    The German Lamb Is Learning to Howl

    Josef Joffe

    The nation that went to the gates of Moscow in World War II has become as aggressive as a cuddly cat. But with its decision to send Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine, Germany's "culture of reticence," particularly with respect to Russia, may soon be a thing of the past.

    examines the origins and implications of the landmark decision to send battle tanks to Ukraine.

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