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Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Writing for PS since 2007
156 commentaries

Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, is a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a co-chair of the COVID-19 Policy Alliance. He is the co-author (with Jonathan Gruber) of Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream and the co-author (with James Kwak) of 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and The Next Financial Meltdown.

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  1. The Next Stage of the Hot Cold War
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    The Next Stage of the Hot Cold War

    Jan 3, 2023 Simon Johnson argues that Western countries must begin focusing more intently in 2023 on reducing demand for fossil fuels.

  2. Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner
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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Nov 30, 2022 Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.

  3. The Regulator US Financial Markets Need
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    The Regulator US Financial Markets Need

    Nov 1, 2022 Simon Johnson defends Gary Gensler, the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, against the usual critics.

  4. Putin Escalates, Europe Hesitates
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    Putin Escalates, Europe Hesitates

    Oct 3, 2022 Simon Johnson urges European leaders to take three steps to counter Russia's illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory.

  5. America Comes Roaring Back
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    America Comes Roaring Back

    Aug 31, 2022 Simon Johnson presents an alternative view of the US economy’s prospects that focuses on three key changes since 2019.

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    The Necessity of Morality in Foreign Policy

    Chris Patten shows why “realism” requires heeding the lessons of history and defending democratic values.
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    A Subsidy War Without Winners

    Andrés Velasco calls on policymakers to avoid petty conflicts and work together to encourage green investments.
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    Japan’s New Security Posture Is Abe’s Legacy

    Taniguchi Tomohiko explains how the government’s ambitious defense agenda expands on the late prime minister’s ideas.
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    For the Common Good

    Mariana Mazzucato outlines a new governance model for ensuring a fairer distribution of agency, risk, and reward.
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    Helping Middle-Income Energy Exporters Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit

    Carlos Lopes explains what it will take for resource-rich economies to diversify and develop new revenue sources.
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    The New European Frontier

    Giulio Boccaletti

    Given this summer's climate-driven disasters, one might think that the European political system would be devising comprehensive adaptation plans. But, despite some steps in the right direction, Europeans are only just waking up to the constitutional implications of a changing physical environment.

    thinks a changing climate will force the European Union finally to embrace its political nature.
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    The Poverty of Anti-Capitalism

    Harold James considers recent arguments against markets, globalization, and growth, finding them to be deeply flawed.
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    How Not to Fight Inflation

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    A careful look at US economic conditions supports the view that inflation was driven mainly by supply-side disruptions and shifts in the pattern of demand. Given this, further interest-rate hikes will have little to no effect – and will cause far-reaching problems of their own.

    sees little upside and much downside to further monetary-policy tightening by the US Federal Reserve.
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    Who Is Part of the Free World?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter urges US President Joe Biden to abandon a phrase that is better left in the twentieth century.

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