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Barry Eichengreen

Barry Eichengreen

Writing for PS since 2003
174 commentaries
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Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics 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. The Trilemma of Central Bank Digital Currencies
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    The Trilemma of Central Bank Digital Currencies

    Nov 9, 2022 Barry Eichengreen thinks policymakers’ race to roll out new payment vehicles is being driven by some questionable assumptions.

  2. Who Should Coordinate Ukrainian Reconstruction?
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    Who Should Coordinate Ukrainian Reconstruction?

    Oct 11, 2022 Barry Eichengreen examines the alternatives for implementing a program that will cost hundreds of billions of dollars.

  3. The Long Shadow of Black Wednesday
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    The Long Shadow of Black Wednesday

    Sep 13, 2022 Barry Eichengreen recalls why the UK crashed out of the incipient eurozone 30 years ago – and shows why it still matters today.

  4. How India Can Sustain Rapid Economic Growth
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    How India Can Sustain Rapid Economic Growth

    Aug 12, 2022 Barry Eichengreen & Poonam Gupta say that the country's high GDP rate can be maintained only if structural reforms are swiftly implemented.

  5. Boris Johnson Leaves Behind a Sterling Mess
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    Boris Johnson Leaves Behind a Sterling Mess

    Jul 8, 2022 Barry Eichengreen explains why the British prime minister’s resignation will heighten downward pressure on the pound.

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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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