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Mark J. Roe

Mark J. Roe

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Mark J. Roe is a professor at Harvard Law School and the author of Missing the Target: Why Stock Market Short-Termism Is Not the Problem (Oxford University Press, 2022).

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  1. Mark J. Roe on the Inflation Reduction Act, stock buybacks, stakeholder capitalism, and more
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    Mark J. Roe on the Inflation Reduction Act, stock buybacks, stakeholder capitalism, and more

    Aug 23, 2022 Mark J. Roe refutes the prevailing narrative that stock-market short-termism is killing R&D, describes a corporate-tax reform that would provide a real boost to the US economy, explains why pressure on corporations to advance the public good is misguided, and more.

  2. Is Stock-Market Short-Termism Really Behind Climate Change?
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    Is Stock-Market Short-Termism Really Behind Climate Change?

    Jun 24, 2022 Mark J. Roe disputes the widespread assumption that climate change and other problems are due to myopic profit-seeking.

  3. Planning for an American Bankruptcy Epidemic
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    Planning for an American Bankruptcy Epidemic

    May 5, 2020 Ben Iverson & Mark J. Roe say a major increase in judicial capacity in the coming months is essential to avoid even more economic pain.

  4. A Way to Help Keep the COVID-19 Economy Working
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    A Way to Help Keep the COVID-19 Economy Working

    Mar 23, 2020 Mark J. Roe thinks the least interesting biomedical research channel could be the one that impedes economic Armageddon.

  5. Why America’s CEOs Are Talking About Stakeholder Capitalism
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    Why America’s CEOs Are Talking About Stakeholder Capitalism

    Nov 4, 2019 Mark J. Roe says the Business Roundtable's rejection of shareholder primacy reflects two main considerations.

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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence

    A 2022 book argues that the only effective responses to government or market deficiencies come from civil society. When society is “malfunctioning” – for example, owing to deep polarization or fragmentation – that response mechanism is disrupted, and can even stop working altogether.

    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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    Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge

    Wempi Saputra identifies three areas in which the organization’s client countries could use more guidance.
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    The Algorithm and Its Discontents

    Mariana Mazzucato & Ilan Strauss

    Deploying algorithms to maximize user engagement is how Big Tech firms maximize shareholder value, with short-term profits often overriding longer-term business objectives. Now that AI is poised to supercharge the platform economy, new rules and governance structures are urgently needed to safeguard the public.

    propose five principles to ensure that the digital economy serves the public good before short-term profit.
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    Judgment Days for Democracy

    Nicholas Reed Langen suspects that judges will play an increasingly central role in protecting democracy against populist assaults.
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    A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty

    Cina Lawson & Rory Stewart show that the conditions are ripe for deploying lump-sum payments to the world’s poorest people.
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.

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