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Sebastián Edwards

Sebastián Edwards

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Sebastián Edwards, Professor of International Economics at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, is the author, most recently, of The Chile Project: The Story of the Chicago Boys and the Downfall of Neoliberalism (Princeton University Press, 2023).

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  1. Chile’s 9/11, Fifty Years Later
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    Chile’s 9/11, Fifty Years Later

    Sep 8, 2023 Sebastián Edwards offers a chronicle of the military coup and its morally complicated economic legacy.

  2. Modern Monetary Disasters
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    Modern Monetary Disasters

    May 16, 2019 Sebastián Edwards says the recent experience of Latin America highlights the dangers of printing money to finance public spending.

  3. The New Old Populism
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    The New Old Populism

    Jan 10, 2019 Sebastián Edwards sees similarities between the West’s nationalist turn and Latin America’s historical experience.

  4. Learning from America’s Forgotten Default
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    Learning from America’s Forgotten Default

    May 21, 2018 Sebastián Edwards says the Great Depression-era “gold clause cases” hold lessons for today’s debt-strapped countries.

  5. The Financial Hurricane Hits Latin America

    The Financial Hurricane Hits Latin America

    Nov 10, 2008 Sebastián Edwards

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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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