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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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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

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    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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