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Jeffrey Frankel

Jeffrey Frankel

Writing for PS since 2000
209 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Did the Fed Rein in Inflation?
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    Did the Fed Rein in Inflation?

    Nov 17, 2023 Jeffrey Frankel argues that the US central bank deserves credit for a relatively painless return toward price stability.

  5. China’s Great Leap Backward
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    China’s Great Leap Backward

    Oct 20, 2023 Jeffrey Frankel explains why the regime has not responded to the current downturn with countercyclical fiscal policies.

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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

    Ian Buruma

    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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