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Jason Furman

Jason Furman

Writing for PS since 2017
9 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Jason Furman, a former chair of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, is Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

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  1. America’s Wage-Price Persistence Must Be Stopped
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    America’s Wage-Price Persistence Must Be Stopped

    Aug 2, 2022 Jason Furman argues that the Federal Reserve should err on the side of doing too much, rather than too little.

  2. Will US Consumers Keep Spending?
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    Will US Consumers Keep Spending?

    May 31, 2022 Jason Furman explains why high inflation and declining real wages have not caused households to reduce their outlays.

  3. This Inflation Is Demand-Driven and Persistent
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    This Inflation Is Demand-Driven and Persistent

    Apr 20, 2022 Jason Furman emphasizes that all the stories about supply shortages cannot explain the economic big picture.

  4. The Economic Consequences of the Ukraine War
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    The Economic Consequences of the Ukraine War

    Feb 25, 2022 Jason Furman cautions against reading too much into the initial market reaction to Russia's invasion.

  5. Why Did Almost Nobody See Inflation Coming?
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    Why Did Almost Nobody See Inflation Coming?

    Jan 17, 2022 Jason Furman ascribes near-universal forecasting errors in 2021 to not taking economic models seriously enough.

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    America’s Education Emergency

    Michael R. Strain calls for urgent action to make up for pandemic learning loss in light of dismal new test scores.
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    God Save the Pound?

    Andrés Velasco explains why sterling is plummeting when economic theory says it should be soaring.
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    Preparing for the Long War

    Mark Leonard thinks Europeans should plan for a prolonged conflict despite Ukraine’s recent gains.
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    Realizing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

    Abe Shinzō

    Less than a month before he was assassinated, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister set out his vision for the region. He buttressed his case by comparing China’s growing threats against Taiwan to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    set out his vision for the region less than one month prior to his assassination in July.
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    Russia, Iran, and the Perils of Post-Autocracy

    Robert D. Kaplan

    With Russia facing defeat on the battlefield and massive protests once again engulfing Iran, both countries’ regimes look vulnerable. But the end of tyranny is more likely to lead to a dangerous political vacuum than to a democratic transition.

    warns that the collapse of a despotic regime more often leads to a political void than to a healthy democracy.
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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.

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