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Jeffrey Frankel

Jeffrey Frankel

Writing for PS since 2000
192 commentaries
2 videos & podcasts

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Jeffrey Frankel, Professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard University, previously 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. In the Dollar We Trust
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    In the Dollar We Trust

    Sep 21, 2022 Jeffrey Frankel argues that the greenback’s recent surge is being driven by the relative resiliency of the US economy.

  2. Why Commodity Prices Are Likely to Fall Further
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    Why Commodity Prices Are Likely to Fall Further

    Aug 23, 2022 Jeffrey Frankel argues that slower global growth and higher real interest rates suggest a persistent downward trend.

  3. Is the US in Recession?
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    Is the US in Recession?

    Jul 18, 2022 Jeffrey Frankel explains why the upcoming Bureau of Economic Analysis release could mislead on this crucial question.

  4. Does International Trade Weaken or Strengthen Countries’ Resilience?
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    Does International Trade Weaken or Strengthen Countries’ Resilience?

    Jun 20, 2022 Jeffrey Frankel argues that rolling back protectionist measures could help mitigate four pressing economic problems.

  5. Get Ready for Reverse Currency Wars
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    Get Ready for Reverse Currency Wars

    May 25, 2022 Jeffrey Frankel warns that a series of competitive exchange-rate appreciations would hurt poorer economies the most.

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    Liz Truss vs. the Bank of England

    Shang-Jin Wei explains how UK policymakers can prevent a financial crisis by helping pensioners and homeowners.
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    What’s Happened to China’s Economy?

    Zhang Jun worries that weakened incentives for local-government policy innovation are undermining dynamism and growth.
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    Women, Life, Freedom, and the Left

    Slavoj Žižek

    Four recent global news stories have revealed the varieties of women’s empowerment, showing how the politics of sex and gender can either challenge or reinforce existing power structures. For Western liberals, understanding these dynamics will be crucial to beating back the new right.

    shows how four recent news events highlight the failings of Western progressives to counter the far right.
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    Toward a Progressive Economic Agenda

    Mariana Mazzucato

    Past policy failures and unmet populist promises represent an opportunity for progressive leaders. But to win power, they must articulate a coherent alternative economic-policy program, focusing not only on redistribution but also on wealth and value creation.

    offers a five-pronged policy blueprint for the left to counter populism and recover electoral relevance.
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    The Gorbachev Diagnosis

    Daniel Yergin revisits a 2001 interview with the former Soviet leader to consider where things went awry for Russia.
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    The Canary in the Inflation Coal Mine

    Jonathan D. Ostry explains why central banks should pay much greater attention to shipping costs.
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    The Crumbling Nuclear Taboo

    Beatrice Fihn urges countries to refrain from responding to Russia's nuclear threats with nuclear threats of their own.
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    The Trussonomics Warning

    Jason Furman explains why all policies intended to help one group must nowadays come at the expense of other groups.
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    The Kremlin’s Suicidal Imperialism

    Nina L. Khrushcheva argues that the illegal annexation of four more Ukrainian territories will handicap future Russian leaders.

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