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Jeffrey Frankel

Jeffrey Frankel

Writing for PS since 2000
211 commentaries
2 videos & podcasts

Jeffrey Frankel, Professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard University, served as a member of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. He is a research associate at the US National Bureau of Economic Research.

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  1. The Election-Devaluation Cycle
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    The Election-Devaluation Cycle

    Apr 29, 2024 Jeffrey Frankel revisits the idea that emerging and developing economies are likely to prop up their currencies before a vote.

  2. Democrats Are Better for the US Economy
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    Democrats Are Better for the US Economy

    Mar 25, 2024 Jeffrey Frankel notes that this is no mere correlation, though the cause remains an enduring puzzle.

  3. Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Feb 22, 2024 Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.

  4. Why Supporting Ukraine Enhances US National Security
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    Why Supporting Ukraine Enhances US National Security

    Jan 25, 2024 Jeffrey Frankel argues that American military aid to the country is crucial to protecting the global liberal order.

  5. How to Fix America’s Broken Air-Traffic Control System
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    How to Fix America’s Broken Air-Traffic Control System

    Dec 14, 2023 Jeffrey Frankel blames Congress for the staffing shortfall that is causing delays, cancellations, and near-collisions.

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    Reckoning With a New Authoritarian Bloc

    Joschka Fischer considers the implications of a northern Asian alliance that exists primarily to challenge American hegemony.
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    Is Europe Too Big for Further Enlargement?

    Ana Palacio warns that even if candidates meet accession criteria, decision-making processes would need to be reformed.
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    The Sino-American Trade War Benefits China’s Competitors

    Arvind Subramanian warns that escalating protectionism, while dangerous, could end up helping developing countries like India.
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    Is the Quad Becoming a Potemkin Alliance?

    Brahma Chellaney fears that US President Joe Biden’s conciliatory approach toward China is undermining Indo-Pacific security.
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    The High Costs of the New US Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg

    Every time one set of protectionist measures against China disappoints, the United States escalates its economic war in the hope that additional restrictions will prove more effective. Yet by slapping massive tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, America has laid bare its own hypocrisy and economic vulnerabilities.

    laments the Biden administration's embrace of costly, futile efforts to outcompete low-cost rivals.
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    How G7 Leaders Can Unlock Financing for Africa

    William Ruto

    With many African countries trapped in perpetual cycles of debt, financing investment in sustainable development has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. The situation demands that wealthy countries step up and offer debt relief and cancellation, in addition to more concessional and long-term financing.

    urges wealthy countries to help bring the global financial system into line with the developing world's needs.
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    The Threat of Trumpflation and a Fed War

    J. Bradford DeLong thinks monetary hawks should be more worried about the return of a populist demagogue to the White House.
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    Is China Too Old to Get Rich?

    Yi Fuxian explains why the country’s rising median age is at the root of its current malaise.
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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.

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