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Andrés Velasco

Andrés Velasco

Writing for PS since 2001
132 commentaries

Andrés Velasco, a former presidential candidate and finance minister of Chile, is Dean of the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of numerous books and papers on international economics and development, and has served on the faculty at Harvard, Columbia, and New York Universities. 

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  1. The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto
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    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

    Nov 25, 2022 Andrés Velasco explains why FTX's collapse should sink a hyped-up lie bobbing on an ocean of libertarian technobabble.

  2. Early to Hike, Early to Thrive?
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    Early to Hike, Early to Thrive?

    Oct 31, 2022 Andrés Velasco explains why some central banks began raising interest rates a year ahead of the the US and the eurozone.

  3. God Save the Pound?
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    God Save the Pound?

    Sep 26, 2022 Andrés Velasco explains why sterling is plummeting when economic theory says it should be soaring.

  4. Woke Politics Goes South
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    Woke Politics Goes South

    Aug 25, 2022 Andrés Velasco argues that left-wing activists' mistakes risk pushing Latin American voters toward right-wing authoritarians.

  5. Argentina’s Never-Ending Tragic Farce
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    Argentina’s Never-Ending Tragic Farce

    Jul 27, 2022 Andrés Velasco argues that the country’s latest bout of financial turmoil is following a familiar historical pattern.

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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

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    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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    The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Crisis

    Seth Berkley & Werner Hoyer explain why global leaders must urgently introduce equitable pandemic-response mechanisms.
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    Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge

    Chris Patten urges the UK prime minister to join the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party after a disastrous year.
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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
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    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
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    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell urges European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.

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