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Hans-Werner Sinn

Hans-Werner Sinn

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Hans-Werner Sinn, Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Munich, is a former president of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research and serves on the German economy ministry’s Advisory Council. He is the author, most recently, of The Green Paradox: A Supply-Side Approach to Global Warming (The MIT Press, 2012).

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  1. COVID as a Natural Experiment for Climate Policy
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    COVID as a Natural Experiment for Climate Policy

    Jun 14, 2023 Hans-Werner Sinn shows why the rich world's decarbonization efforts will not change the course of global warming.

  2. Accounting for Casino Capitalism
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    Accounting for Casino Capitalism

    Mar 27, 2023 Hans-Werner Sinn draws parallels between recent bank collapses and the late-nineteenth-century “founders’ crash.”

  3. Europe at Debt’s Door
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    Europe at Debt’s Door

    Feb 7, 2023 Hans-Werner Sinn warns that the European Commission's borrowing plans endanger the EU's stability and the single currency.

  4. Is Germany Sick Again?
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    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Nov 25, 2022 Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.

  5. The ECB Has Been Driving EU Inflation
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    The ECB Has Been Driving EU Inflation

    Sep 30, 2022 Hans-Werner Sinn explains how the European Central Bank has contributed to soaring prices, including for energy.

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    Europe’s Carbon Border Tax Advances the Fight Against Climate Change

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how the European Union’s carbon-price mechanism could encourage other countries to follow suit.
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    Africa Can’t Prosper Without Regional Trade

    Kingsley Moghalu argues that the continent has been missing a key ingredient of robust, sustained growth.
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    Divestment from Israel Will Not Bring Peace

    Anne O. Krueger argues that meeting protesters' demand would weaken US universities – one of America’s sources of strength.
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    The US-China Trade War Heats Up

    A spate of new US tariffs on Chinese goods has raised the specter of full economic decoupling between the world’s two largest economies. For many observers, the measures are not only misguided, but also counter-productive, with the potential to undermine economic dynamism, hamper climate action, and trigger geopolitical conflict.

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    The Indian Election and the Country’s Economic Future

    Raghuram G. Rajan

    Economically, India today feels like a place of limitless possibilities. But with only a narrow window in which to grow rich before it grows old, the policy decisions it makes today will have an outsize influence on its future prospects.

    worries that the country will squander its massive potential by trying to emulate China's growth strategy.
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    How Europe Can Get the Green Deal Done

    Simone Tagliapietra proposes EU-level measures that would help offset the negative distributional effects of climate policy.
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    Reckoning With a New Authoritarian Bloc

    Joschka Fischer considers the implications of a northern Asian alliance that exists primarily to challenge American hegemony.
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    Is Europe Too Big for Further Enlargement?

    Ana Palacio warns that even if candidates meet accession criteria, decision-making processes would need to be reformed.
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    The Sino-American Trade War Benefits China’s Competitors

    Arvind Subramanian warns that escalating protectionism, while dangerous, could end up helping developing countries like India.

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