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Martin Feldstein

Martin Feldstein

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Martin Feldstein was Professor of Economics at Harvard University and President Emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He chaired President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1982 to 1984. In 2006, he was appointed to President Bush's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and, in 2009, was appointed to President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. He was also on the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and the Group of 30, a non-profit, international body that seeks greater understanding of global economic issues.

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  1. Will the US Capitulate to China?
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    Will the US Capitulate to China?

    Feb 25, 2019 Martin Feldstein warns that any bilateral trade deal that fails to address theft of US companies' technology will be useless.

  2. There Is No Sino-American Trade War
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    There Is No Sino-American Trade War

    Jan 29, 2019 Martin Feldstein defends US import tariffs as an effective way to stop China's theft of American companies' technology.

  3. Why Is the Fed Still Raising Interest Rates?
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    Why Is the Fed Still Raising Interest Rates?

    Dec 27, 2018 Martin Feldstein sees three reasons for continuing to tighten monetary policy, despite slowing economic growth.

  4. How to Save Social Security Systems
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    How to Save Social Security Systems

    Nov 28, 2018 Martin Feldstein advocates a mixed system of fixed, tax-based benefits and variable, market-based returns.

  5. Falling Share Prices and the Outlook for the US Economy
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    Falling Share Prices and the Outlook for the US Economy

    Oct 29, 2018 Martin Feldstein explains why the decline in household wealth implied by a more normal price-earnings ratio will mean recession.

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    Will Europe Ever Get Serious About Defense?

    Daniela Schwarzer

    At this year’s Munich Security Conference, European leaders missed yet another opportunity to show how they plan to strengthen NATO’s European pillar and develop a robust European defense industry. Yet with the prospect of another Donald Trump presidency looming, there can be no room for such failures.

    laments the lack of a strong, coordinated message at the latest Munich Security Conference.
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    Rethinking Inequality in Latin America

    Ana María Ibáñez highlights new research showing that the problem is neither as predictable nor as static as many believe.
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    Africa’s Shifting Economic Paradigm

    Rabah Arezki urges policymakers to pursue reforms to promote competition and boost domestic consumption.
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    The Case for Mission-Driven Climate Finance

    Bogolo Kenewendo argues that Africa has the ideas, ambition, and capacity to implement green solutions – just not the funding.
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    Tim O'Reilly on AI development, regulation, copyright lawsuits, and more

    Tim O'Reilly shows how the imperatives of modern capitalism impede the development of broadly beneficial artificial intelligence, criticizes prevailing regulatory approaches to data privacy, considers how Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos went from value-creators to value-extractors, and more.
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    The Trump Effect Takes Europe

    Mark Leonard sees the threat of another “America First” presidency spurring Europeans into action on three key issues.
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    The EU Must Not Give Up on a Mercosur Trade Deal

    Camila Villard Duran

    A trade deal with Mercosur, a resource-rich bloc with a highly productive agricultural sector, could help the European Union accelerate the green transition and improve food security. But if European policymakers continue to drag their feet on negotiations, the four Latin American countries could seek closer ties with China.

    calls on European policymakers to recalibrate their diplomatic strategy toward the Latin American bloc.
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    The UK Labour Party’s Green-Energy Debacle

    Robert Skidelsky

    Labour leaders' decision to abandon their highly publicized Green Prosperity Plan underscores the party’s ongoing failure to articulate a coherent response to Conservative criticism. Instead of focusing on bolstering their fiscal credentials, Labour leaders should reconnect with the party's Keynesian roots.

    explains why the threat of climate change outweighs the risks of increased public spending.
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    Yes, Russian Reserves Should Be Seized

    Michael R. Strain explains why the Kremlin’s frozen assets should be used for Ukraine’s reconstruction.

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