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Willem H. Buiter

Willem H. Buiter

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Willem H. Buiter, a former chief economist at Citibank and former member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England, is an independent economic adviser.

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  1. Why Have Inflation Forecasts Been So Wrong?
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    Why Have Inflation Forecasts Been So Wrong?

    Apr 1, 2024 Willem H. Buiter & Ebrahim Rahbari consider the factors that have most confounded macroeconomic models over the past three years.

  2. Central Banks Need to Be Honest About Their Losses
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    Central Banks Need to Be Honest About Their Losses

    Mar 5, 2024 Willem H. Buiter criticizes the European Central Bank and US Federal Reserve's accounting tricks.

  3. The ECB Should Change Three Bad Habits
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    The ECB Should Change Three Bad Habits

    Jan 17, 2024 Willem H. Buiter & Ebrahim Rahbari identify longstanding practices that have consistently left policymakers behind the curve.

  4. A Farewell to Cash
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    A Farewell to Cash

    Dec 11, 2023 Willem H. Buiter rebuts the three main arguments against introducing an interest-bearing central bank digital currency.

  5. Is the Fed’s Negative Capital a Problem?
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    Is the Fed’s Negative Capital a Problem?

    Sep 28, 2023 Willem H. Buiter thinks not, but recommends a reform designed to ensure that it does not become one in the future.

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    Diplomacy Could Help Revive Democracy in Venezuela

    Roberto Patiño urges the international community to help ensure a free and fair presidential election in July.
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    The Specter of Neo-Fascism Is Haunting Europe

    Slavoj Žižek

    With mainstream parties and politicians already preparing to accommodate the far right following this month's European Parliament election, the axiom of post-World War II European democracy has been quietly abandoned. “No collaboration with fascists" is being replaced by a tacit acceptance of them.

    harbors no illusions about what the outcome of the European Parliament election means.
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    Can Private Hospitals Increase Access to Health Care in Developing Countries?

    Titir Bhattacharya & Tanika Chakraborty show how innovative insurance schemes can help low- and middle-income economies achieve universal coverage.
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    Tracking Ukraine’s Reconstruction Funds

    Wolfgang Fengler & Vladyslav Rashkovan show how digital tools can streamline the process, improve transparency, and provide accountability.
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    Slovakia’s Anti-Democratic Government Is Doubling Down

    Soňa Muzikárová warns that the assassination attempt in May has led the government to double down on illiberal reforms.
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    D-Day and the Threat of Total War

    Robert Skidelsky

    After eight decades of relative peace, the world is once again dividing into hostile economic and geopolitical blocs. The 80th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the principles we are willing to defend and the sacrifices we are prepared to make.

    thinks understanding the causes and consequences of past global conflicts is crucial to preventing another one.
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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.

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