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Robert Skidelsky

Robert Skidelsky

Writing for PS since 2003
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Robert Skidelsky, a member of the British House of Lords, is Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University. The author of a three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes, he began his political career in the Labour party, became the Conservative Party’s spokesman for Treasury affairs in the House of Lords, and was eventually forced out of the Conservative Party for his opposition to NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999.

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    Minding the Perils of Progress

    Daron Acemoglu

    The COVID-19 crisis has been a brutal reminder that, for all of our wealth and technological mastery, we are still vulnerable to catastrophic tail risks. To ensure future prosperity, we must adopt a growth strategy that places collective risks front and center, rather than treating them as an afterthought.

    advocates a pro-growth approach to minimizing the risks created by industrialization and innovation.
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    COVID Coin?

    Kenneth Rogoff

    The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the long-term shift away from cash, and monetary authorities risk falling behind. A recent report from the G30 argues that if central banks want to shape the outcome, they need to start thinking fast.

    assesses the pandemic's potential to accelerate the emergence of central-bank digital currencies.
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