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Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Writing for PS since 2007
153 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Russia’s Looming Defeat in Ukraine
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    Russia’s Looming Defeat in Ukraine

    Aug 2, 2022 Simon Johnson argues that both literally and figuratively, the course of the war is turning south for the Kremlin.

  4. Why Target Russian Oil Revenue?
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    Why Target Russian Oil Revenue?

    Jul 4, 2022 Simon Johnson sees no alternative to a price cap that would permanently deny the Kremlin the means to wage aggressive war.

  5. Europe Can Stop Russia’s Aggression Now
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    Europe Can Stop Russia’s Aggression Now

    May 31, 2022 Simon Johnson proposes the creation of a Western buyers’ cartel to deny the Kremlin revenues from oil exports.

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    How to Build the European Political Community

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Daniela Schwarzer urge those attending the EU's upcoming Prague summit to establish ambitious goals and a long-term timetable.
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    A Shocking Ten Days for the UK

    Mohamed A. El-Erian

    Recent policy decisions in the United Kingdom have jeopardized the country’s economic well-being and financial stability, with the most vulnerable segments of the population facing the greatest risks. But with rapid and coordinated action, policymakers can still change course.

    explains what policymakers must do to avoid further financial and economic upheaval.
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    Megan Greene and Hindou Ibrahim

    Oct 3, 2022

    Megan Greene is a senior fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and a member of the Regenerative Crisis Response Committee.

    Hindou Ibrahim is Founder and President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad and Co-Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change.

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    The Stagflationary Debt Crisis Is Here

    Nouriel Roubini

    The Great Moderation has given way to the Great Stagflation, which will be characterized by instability and a confluence of slow-motion negative supply shocks. US and global equities are already back in a bear market, and the scale of the crisis that awaits has not even been fully priced in yet.

    sees the latest market turmoil as a long-anticipated reckoning for bad policies and negative supply shocks.
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    The Cold War Is Back

    Joschka Fischer explains what the new Russian military and nuclear threat means for the European Union.
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    Putin Escalates, Europe Hesitates

    Simon Johnson urges European leaders to take three steps to counter Russia's illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory.
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    PS Events: Investing in Health for All

    PS editors present the Investing in Health for All event.
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    The ECB Has Been Driving EU Inflation

    Hans-Werner Sinn explains how the European Central Bank has contributed to soaring prices, including for energy.
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    The Populist Climate Threat

    Izabella Teixeira, et al. warn that right-wing nationalists and other political opportunists could normalize inaction.

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