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Barry Eichengreen

Barry Eichengreen

Writing for PS since 2003
193 commentaries
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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. America’s Debt Is Both Sustainable and a Problem
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    America’s Debt Is Both Sustainable and a Problem

    Jun 11, 2024 Barry Eichengreen assesses the IMF’s latest annual review of the US economy and the risks to the Fund’s sanguine predictions.

  2. The Dilemmas of the Dollar
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    The Dilemmas of the Dollar

    May 13, 2024 Barry Eichengreen asks whether anything can or should be done about the greenback's strength, especially against Asian currencies.

  3. Why Is Europe Losing the Productivity Race?
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    Why Is Europe Losing the Productivity Race?

    Apr 9, 2024 Barry Eichengreen rules out several popular explanations for the growing differential with the United States.

  4. The Temptation of Frontier Markets
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    The Temptation of Frontier Markets

    Mar 12, 2024 Barry Eichengreen sees several reasons why countries like Côte d'Ivoire and Benin have been able to tap international investors.

  5. The Middle Truth in the Inflation Muddle
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    The Middle Truth in the Inflation Muddle

    Feb 14, 2024 Barry Eichengreen explains why the Federal Reserve's critics are wrong about monetary policy's role in recent years.

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    The Defining Economic Issue of the US Election

    Stephen S. Roach argues that the high price level, not inflation, is weighing on voters ahead of the presidential election.
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    What Does the EU Election Mean for European Climate Policy?

    Laurence Tubiana explains how green campaigners can strengthen their message to appeal to ordinary voters.
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    The Geopolitical Imperative to Upgrade the Dollar

    Jordan Bleicher & Josh Lipsky explain how emerging technologies are facilitating efforts to challenge the greenback’s global dominance.
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    Let the Giggers Fight Inflation

    Todd G. Buchholz criticizes efforts by US regulators to throttle the proliferation of independent contractors.
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    The Putin-Kim Pact Is an Opportunity for the West

    Ana Palacio

    The Russia-North Korea defense pact leaves no doubt about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s determination to overthrow the existing international order. But the agreement could also strain the Kremlin’s relations with China, potentially disrupting Sino-Russian efforts to undermine Western unity.

    urges policymakers to leverage the rogue partnership to drive a wedge between Russia and China.
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    What Climate-Vulnerable Developing Countries Need Right Now

    Mia Amor Mottley & Wale Edun

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, geopolitical tensions have dominated the global agenda, hindering collective efforts to address climate change. With the world still warming, urgent measures are needed to make investment in sustainable development feasible and affordable for everyone.

    propose a blueprint to unlock financing and kickstart investment in adaptation and clean energy.
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    Two Cheers for Identity Politics

    James Livingston argues that critics of the contemporary focus on issues of race, gender, and sexuality are ignoring history.
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    What the Next EU Leadership Must Do

    Carl Bildt offers a broad outline of the bloc's biggest challenges following this month's European Parliament election.
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    China Must Not Choose the Next Dalai Lama

    Brahma Chellaney urges the US and India to work together to protect the more than 600-year-old institution.

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