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Barry Eichengreen

Barry Eichengreen

Writing for PS since 2003
178 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

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. Will Geopolitics or Technology Reshape the Global Monetary Order?
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    Will Geopolitics or Technology Reshape the Global Monetary Order?

    Mar 10, 2023 Barry Eichengreen asks why the widely predicted shift toward renminbi-denominated foreign reserves and payments has stalled.

  2. Putting America’s Debt in Its Place
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    Putting America’s Debt in Its Place

    Feb 9, 2023 Barry Eichengreen argues that every element of congressional Republicans' narrative of impending crisis is wrong.

  3. Sympathy for the Algorithm
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    Sympathy for the Algorithm

    Jan 11, 2023 Barry Eichengreen considers the philosophical, economic, and aesthetic questions raised by OpenAI’s release of ChatGPT.

  4. A Financial Agenda for India’s G20 Presidency
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    A Financial Agenda for India’s G20 Presidency

    Dec 12, 2022 Barry Eichengreen & Poonam Gupta outline feasible, widely supported steps that member countries can take to strengthen global resilience.

  5. 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.

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    Price Stability vs. Financial Stability?

    Willem H. Buiter

    If the US Federal Reserve raises its policy interest rate by as much as is necessary to rein in inflation, it will most likely further depress the market value of the long-duration securities parked on many banks' balance sheets. So be it.

    thinks central banks can achieve both, despite the occurrence of a liquidity crisis amid high inflation.
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    Fifty Years of Floating Currencies

    Jeffrey Frankel explains why the shift toward exchange-rate flexibility after 1973 was not a policy failure, as many believed.
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    What Do America’s Spies Really Think About China?

    Kent Harrington thinks the intelligence community’s annual threat assessment should have delved deeper on the issue.
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    Waking Up to the World’s Water Crisis

    Quentin Grafton, et al. see three overarching priorities for the first global water conference in almost a half-century.
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    Peace Requires Betrayal

    Shlomo Ben-Ami shows why Ukraine and Russia will most likely have to pursue an unpopular endgame to stop the bloodshed.
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    Lessons from the SVB Collapse

    Lucrezia Reichlin

    Although Silicon Valley Bank was not deemed to be systemically important, its insolvency forced the US Federal Reserve to head off systemic contagion and exposed the inadequacy of the FDIC’s partial deposit insurance regime. The financial-stability framework adopted after the 2008 crisis obviously needs another overhaul.

    considers what the bank’s failure should mean for the current financial-stability framework.
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    It’s the Banking Regulations, Stupid

    Antonio Foglia traces the Silicon Valley Bank failure back to fundamental flaws in the prevailing governance framework.
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    Confronting the Global Water Crisis

    Mariana Mazzucato, et al. offer a seven-point blueprint for preserving one of the planet’s most important natural systems.
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    Revisiting America’s War of Choice in Iraq

    Richard Haass considers the enduring lessons from a foreign intervention that was both ill-conceived and poorly executed.

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