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Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Writing for PS since 2007
162 commentaries

Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, is a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a co-chair of the COVID-19 Policy Alliance, and a co-chair of the CFA Institute Systemic Risk Council. He is the co-author (with Daron Acemoglu) of the forthcoming Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity (PublicAffairs, May 2023).

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  1. Simon Johnson on stablecoins, artificial intelligence, inequality, and more

    Simon Johnson on stablecoins, artificial intelligence, inequality, and more

    May 9, 2023 Simon Johnson explains why a moratorium on advanced-AI development would do little good, pours cold water on the prevailing techno-optimist narrative, makes the case for scrapping payroll taxes, and more.

  2. Learning to Squeeze Russia’s Energy Revenues
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    Learning to Squeeze Russia’s Energy Revenues

    Apr 4, 2023 Simon Johnson, et al. show that Western measures to cut the Kremlin's proceeds from oil and gas exports are working as intended.

  3. How to Fix the Platform Economy
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    How to Fix the Platform Economy

    Mar 13, 2023 Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson propose new policy interventions to shift the industry away from its socially destructive business model.

  4. Are Russian Oil Prices Being Rigged?
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    Are Russian Oil Prices Being Rigged?

    Mar 1, 2023 Simon Johnson urges the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission to investigate reports of price manipulation.

  5. What’s Wrong with ChatGPT?

    What’s Wrong with ChatGPT?

    Feb 6, 2023 Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson worry that the technology will be deployed to replace, rather than empower, humans.

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    The Democrats’ Disastrous Debt Deal

    James K. Galbraith decries the party’s willingness to play along with the Republicans’ bad-faith politicking.
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    Building a Biotech Alliance of Democracies

    Jafer Ahmad & Abigail Kukura explains how the US and its allies and partners can maintain leadership in a strategically vital sector.
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    The Transatlantic Carbon-Pricing Clash

    Daniel Gros predicts that the opposing approaches taken by the US and the EU will lead to trade and political frictions.
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    The Geopolitics of Nature

    Simon Zadek highlights the fatal flaw in green “solutions” like the EU’s new deforestation legislation.
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    Joseph S. Nye, Jr., on Chinese power, US politics, the new cold war, and more

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers how China undermines its own soft power, traces the potential causes of a war over Taiwan, welcomes Europe’s embrace of “smart” power, and more.
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    Can Democracy Survive the Polycrisis?

    George Soros

    Around the world, people increasingly live with the sense that too much is happening, too fast. Chief among the sources of this growing angst are the rise of artificial intelligence, climate change, and Russia's war in Ukraine – each of which demands urgent attention from policymakers and political leaders.

    calls attention to the growing challenges posed by AI, climate change, and the war in Ukraine.
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    Can America Escape Its Second Gilded Age?

    J. Bradford DeLong recalls how the country overcame a previous era of extreme income and wealth inequality.
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    Can Spain Show European Leadership?

    Ana Palacio worries that a snap election will undermine the effectiveness of the country’s Council of the EU presidency.
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    Quo Vadis, Latin America?

    Arturo Sarukhan wonders whether the inevitable changes that lie ahead will bring democratic decay or renewal.

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