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Lenny Mendonca

Lenny Mendonca

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Lenny Mendonca, Senior Partner Emeritus at McKinsey & Company, is a former chief economic and business adviser to Governor Gavin Newsom of California and chair of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

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  1. America’s New Era of Industrial Policy
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    America’s New Era of Industrial Policy

    Jan 2, 2023 Laura Tyson & Lenny Mendonca assess the scope and design of the Biden administration’s big push into supply-side investment.

  2. Progressive Federalism to Combat Judicial Extremism
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    Progressive Federalism to Combat Judicial Extremism

    Aug 19, 2022 Laura Tyson & Lenny Mendonca show how state governments can fend off the Supreme Court’s assault on citizens’ interests and rights.

  3. Women’s Rights and Childhood Poverty
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    Women’s Rights and Childhood Poverty

    May 27, 2022 Laura Tyson & Lenny Mendonca think it will fall to progressive US states to mitigate the impact of harsh new abortion restrictions.

  4. Neglecting Democracy in America
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    Neglecting Democracy in America

    Feb 21, 2022 Laura Tyson & Lenny Mendonca warn that the assault on voting rights in Republican-controlled states could undermine the US economy.

  5. A Pro-Family Agenda for America Starts in California
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    A Pro-Family Agenda for America Starts in California

    Jan 14, 2022 Laura Tyson & Lenny Mendonca show how the state is advancing a raft of progressive policies even as federal action remains blocked.

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    The Age of Verbiage

    Arvind Subramanian blames today’s nonstop inundation of expert opinion for undermining the quality of public discourse.
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    Davos Man Has a People Problem

    Antara Haldar suspects that the socially “disembedded” economic logic of globalization has gone as far as it can go.
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    Eliminate the Debt Ceiling

    Willem H. Buiter thinks the US Constitution and common sense argue for a de facto abolition of the cap.
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    Japan’s Fiscal Dilemma

    Takatoshi Ito explains why the country’s deficit-financed spending spree endangers its national security.
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    Too Soon for Global Optimism

    Kenneth Rogoff

    It is hard to reconcile the jubilant mood of many business leaders with the uncertainty caused by the war in Ukraine. While there are some positive signs of economic recovery, a sudden escalation could severely destabilize the global economy, cause a stock market crash, and accelerate deglobalization.

    warns that the Ukraine war and economic fragmentation are still jeopardizing world growth prospects.
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    Why Europe’s Franco-German Engine Is Stalling

    Jean Pisani-Ferry cautions that the two countries' differences are so substantial that a hasty compromise will not suffice.
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    Central Banks Should Slow Down

    Lucrezia Reichlin fears the consequences of excessive interest-rate hikes in the US, the UK, and especially the eurozone.
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    Three Cheers for Hybrid Work

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg thinks the advantages of more flexible labor arrangements outweigh the disadvantages.
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    The German Lamb Is Learning to Howl

    Josef Joffe

    The nation that went to the gates of Moscow in World War II has become as aggressive as a cuddly cat. But with its decision to send Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine, Germany's "culture of reticence," particularly with respect to Russia, may soon be a thing of the past.

    examines the origins and implications of the landmark decision to send battle tanks to Ukraine.

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