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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. The Bank of England’s Imperfect Intervention
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    The Bank of England’s Imperfect Intervention

    Oct 22, 2022 Willem H. Buiter & Anne C. Sibert identify unforced errors in the central bank’s latest emergency bond-market intervention.

  2. Will Europe’s New TPI Be an ATM?
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    Will Europe’s New TPI Be an ATM?

    Jul 22, 2022 Willem H. Buiter worries that a new asset-purchase facility will lead to greater fiscal capture at the central bank.

  3. Stablecoins, Riskycoins, and Dodgycoins
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    Stablecoins, Riskycoins, and Dodgycoins

    Jul 6, 2022 Willem H. Buiter & Anne C. Sibert offer a taxonomy of cryptocurrencies to guide policymakers as they draft new regulations for the industry.

  4. Central Banks Are Still Far Behind the Inflation Curve
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    Central Banks Are Still Far Behind the Inflation Curve

    Jun 9, 2022 Willem H. Buiter & Anne C. Sibert wonder why the Fed, the ECB, and the Bank of England are maintaining expansionary policy stances.

  5. Fiscal Capture at the ECB
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    Fiscal Capture at the ECB

    May 16, 2022 Willem H. Buiter suspects that the eurozone central bank may be serving objectives other than those defined in its mandate.

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    Let the WTO Referee Carbon Border Taxes

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how a revived World Trade Organization can play a central role in combating climate change.
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    Elon Musk’s Not-so-Hidden Agenda

    Jason Stanley thinks the mogul's takeover of Twitter reflects his interest in destroying all democratic information spaces.
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    Saadia Zahidi on government spending, debt distress, the Iran protests, and more

    Saadia Zahidi argues that social-safety nets must be customized and targeted to ensure efficiency, advocates a more responsible approach to deficit reduction and fiscal consolidation, describes the complex recipe for helping countries reap the benefits of greater female labor-force participation, and more.
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    The Birth of a New International Order

    Joschka Fischer sees global great-power relations taking shape around a Sino-American dominated pentarchy.
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    The World Cup Syndrome

    Raj Persaud reflects on the effects that loving the “beautiful game” can have on one’s health and finances.
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    Rebooting the World Bank

    Suma Chakrabarti & Chris Humphrey outline key reforms that could help the institution regain the trust of developing countries.
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    No Easy Exit from Zero-COVID

    S. Alex Yang & Angela Huyue Zhang propose a strategy for loosening China's pandemic restrictions without triggering a nationwide health crisis.
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    Faking It, Making It, Losing It

    Harold James

    The spectacular rise and fall of FTX and its founder Sam Bankman-Fried were driven by effective marketing, trickery, and financial speculation. In that, they bear a striking resemblance to the disastrous eighteenth-century experiment that fueled the Mississippi Company bubble and created the template for all future Ponzi schemes.

    draws parallels between the FTX collapse and economist John Law’s infamous eighteenth-century scheme in France.
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    The Regulators’ Revolt

    Howard Davies traces the rise and fall of the UK government's recent effort to wield the power to rewrite financial rules.

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