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J. Bradford DeLong

J. Bradford DeLong

Writing for PS since 2002
242 commentaries

J. Bradford DeLong is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was Deputy Assistant US Treasury Secretary during the Clinton Administration, where he was heavily involved in budget and trade negotiations. His role in designing the bailout of Mexico during the 1994 peso crisis placed him at the forefront of Latin America’s transformation into a region of open economies, and cemented his stature as a leading voice in economic-policy debates.

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  1. When the Fed Stops Trying
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    When the Fed Stops Trying

    Sep 30, 2022 J. Bradford DeLong worries that the world's most important central bank is no longer looking for an optimal policy path.

  2. Why Can’t We All Be Rich?
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    Why Can’t We All Be Rich?

    Aug 31, 2022 J. Bradford DeLong seeks explanations for a central and enduring conundrum of modern economic history.

  3. Biden’s Summer of Legislative Love
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    Biden’s Summer of Legislative Love

    Aug 1, 2022 J. Bradford DeLong thinks the enactment of two major pieces of legislation could flip the narrative for the administration.

  4. Why the US Federal Reserve’s Options Are Limited
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    Why the US Federal Reserve’s Options Are Limited

    Jun 14, 2022 J. Bradford DeLong sees the central bank’s own forward guidance preventing it from raising interest rates as fast as it should.

  5. Good Inflation News from the Bond Market
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    Good Inflation News from the Bond Market

    May 11, 2022 J. Bradford DeLong thinks the current medium-term outlook bodes well for the recovery and the US Federal Reserve's reputation.

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    The ECB Has Been Driving EU Inflation

    Hans-Werner Sinn explains how the European Central Bank has contributed to soaring prices, including for energy.
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    The Populist Climate Threat

    Izabella Teixeira, et al. warn that right-wing nationalists and other political opportunists could normalize inaction.
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    Britain Is Not an Emerging Market – Yet

    Kenneth Rogoff considers the implications of the new government’s poorly received economic-policy package.
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    When the Fed Stops Trying

    J. Bradford DeLong worries that the world's most important central bank is no longer looking for an optimal policy path.
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    No Security Without Climate Security

    Anne-Marie Slaughter explains why US policymakers need to focus more closely on global warming as an existential threat.
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    Development, Decarbonization, and Dumb Landowners

    Ricardo Hausmann argues that governments must manage natural resources more effectively to promote green growth.
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    The Trade Agenda Today

    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala interviewed by Anne O. Krueger

    Recent global developments have shown what is at stake when trade becomes less open and transparent. To assess the current state of the international trading system and what lies in store for it, Anne O. Krueger queries World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala about the biggest challenges facing her organization.

    about the challenges facing her organization.
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    King Dollar

    In recent weeks, the US dollar has reached 20-year highs against key foreign currencies, and all-time highs against the Chinese renminbi and the British pound. What is sustaining the greenback’s surge, and what are its most significant consequences?

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    The US Inflation Bonanza for Sovereign Debtors

    Gautam Nair & Federico Sturzenegger identify the big winners of a shock that is diluting mountains of debt around the world.

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