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Jeffrey Frankel

Jeffrey Frankel

Writing for PS since 2000
196 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. Why This Debt-Ceiling Fight Is Different
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    Why This Debt-Ceiling Fight Is Different

    Jan 19, 2023 Jeffrey Frankel warns that the current partisan standoff in Washington may not end with a last-minute compromise.

  2. Is a Global Recession Really Around the Corner?
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    Is a Global Recession Really Around the Corner?

    Dec 22, 2022 Jeffrey Frankel explains why the looming economic downturn is not inevitable and may not be as bad as many economists expect.

  3. Let the WTO Referee Carbon Border Taxes
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    Let the WTO Referee Carbon Border Taxes

    Nov 29, 2022 Jeffrey Frankel shows how a revived World Trade Organization can play a central role in combating climate change.

  4. Why Do Americans Vote for Extremists?
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    Why Do Americans Vote for Extremists?

    Oct 27, 2022 Jeffrey Frankel tries to understand the appeal of a Republican Party dominated by election deniers and conspiracy theorists.

  5. 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.

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    The New European Frontier

    Giulio Boccaletti

    Given this summer's climate-driven disasters, one might think that the European political system would be devising comprehensive adaptation plans. But, despite some steps in the right direction, Europeans are only just waking up to the constitutional implications of a changing physical environment.

    thinks a changing climate will force the European Union finally to embrace its political nature.
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    The Poverty of Anti-Capitalism

    Harold James considers recent arguments against markets, globalization, and growth, finding them to be deeply flawed.
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    How Not to Fight Inflation

    Joseph E. Stiglitz sees little upside and much downside to further monetary-policy tightening by the US Federal Reserve.
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    Who Is Part of the Free World?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter urges US President Joe Biden to abandon a phrase that is better left in the twentieth century.
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    Realism About Techno-Optimism

    Gernot Wagner laments that public debate about climate solutions is long on political grandstanding and short on nuance.
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    PS Commentators Respond: Could the “Chinese Century” Belong to India?

    From demographics to trade to GDP growth, China is currently struggling precisely where India seems to be thriving. At a time when the global economy’s center of gravity is shifting to Asia, we asked PS commentators whether India’s rising star will soon outshine China’s.

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    Why Industrial Policy Is Back

    Ricardo Hausmann explains why economic theory has finally begun to catch up with centuries of economic practice.
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    Patriots in Name Only

    Richard K. Sherwin considers the implications of the Republican Party's challenge to the state's power to make and enforce law.
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    Assassinated Are the Peacemakers?

    Nina L. Khrushcheva highlights the grave risks that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would incur by negotiating with Russia.

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