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Barry Eichengreen

Barry Eichengreen

Writing for PS since 2003
184 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, is a former senior policy adviser at the International Monetary Fund. He is the author of many books, including In Defense of Public Debt (Oxford University Press, 2021).

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  1. How Global Currencies End
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    How Global Currencies End

    Sep 11, 2023 Barry Eichengreen plumbs twentieth-century monetary history for insights into the likely fate of dollar hegemony.

  2. The US Economy Is Up, so Why Is Biden Down?
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    The US Economy Is Up, so Why Is Biden Down?

    Aug 10, 2023 Barry Eichengreen says that Bidenomics may be working – inflation is easing and employment is growing – but the messaging is not.

  3. Russia and the Long Shadow of Versailles
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    Russia and the Long Shadow of Versailles

    Jul 11, 2023 Barry Eichengreen considers how the Kremlin should be compelled to pay for the damage it has caused in Ukraine.

  4. Making Development Bank Lending Safe for Poor Countries
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    Making Development Bank Lending Safe for Poor Countries

    Jun 15, 2023 Barry Eichengreen & Ruurd Brouwer urge participants at the "Macron Summit" to address the exchange-rate risk that borrowers are forced to bear.

  5. Winners and Losers in the AI Arms Race
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    Winners and Losers in the AI Arms Race

    May 10, 2023 Barry Eichengreen asks which countries will benefit from the advent of artificial intelligence, and which will not.

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    Whither the G20?

    Takatoshi Ito

    Following the latest G20 summit, the G7 should be thinking seriously about deepening its own ties with more non-aligned countries. If the Ukraine war drags on, and if China continues to threaten to take Taiwan by force, the G20 will be split between friends of the BRICS and friends of the G7.

    sees the grouping as increasingly divided between friends of the G7 and friends of China and Russia.
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    Making the Most of Africa’s Strategic Green Minerals

    Marit Kitaw explains how the continent can move beyond resource extraction to build green industry.
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    America Must Join Europe’s Climate Club

    Gary Yohe & Roger Kuhns urge US policymakers to create a carbon-pricing policy in line with the bloc’s emissions-reduction plan.
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    Measuring Corruption in China

    Yongheng Deng & Shang-Jin Wei outline a novel approach to assessing the extent and scope of the country's graft problem.
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    To Protect Democracy, Revive Local Journalism

    Laura Tyson & Lenny Mendonca identify promising new models and philanthropic initiatives geared toward supporting independent media.
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    How to Achieve Universal Cancer Care

    Sonali Johnson urges governments worldwide to include the disease in national health-insurance schemes.
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    What Climate Finance Needs

    Nouriel Roubini & Reza Bundy

    To prevent catastrophic climate change and accelerate the global transition to a net-zero economy, policymakers and asset owners urgently need to rethink how we channel capital at scale. The key is to develop new financial instruments that are profitable, liquid, and easily accessible to savers and investors globally.

    explain what it will take to channel private capital and savings toward sustainable development.
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    Down on the Biden Economy

    James K. Galbraith thinks the failure of wages to keep up with inflation explains much of the public’s dour mood.
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    The Dollar’s Full-Spectrum Dominance

    Carla Norrlöf foresees the greenback’s continued global hegemony owing to network effects and opportunism.

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