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J. Bradford DeLong

J. Bradford DeLong

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J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the author of Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century (Basic Books, 2022). He was Deputy Assistant US Treasury Secretary during the Clinton Administration, where he was heavily involved in budget and trade negotiations. His role in designing the bailout of Mexico during the 1994 peso crisis placed him at the forefront of Latin America’s transformation into a region of open economies, and cemented his stature as a leading voice in economic-policy debates.

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  1. A History of Economic Whac-A-Mole
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    A History of Economic Whac-A-Mole

    Nov 2, 2022 J. Bradford DeLong shares lessons from Alan Blinder's new account of US monetary and fiscal policymaking since 1961.

  2. J. Bradford DeLong on US inflation, redistribution, economic dogma, and more
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    J. Bradford DeLong on US inflation, redistribution, economic dogma, and more

    Oct 4, 2022 J. Bradford DeLong explains how the US Federal Reserve is undermining market and investor confidence, urges US Democrats to uphold supply-side progressivism, and proposes a straightforward approach to addressing the problems of distribution and utilization.

  3. When the Fed Stops Trying
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    When the Fed Stops Trying

    Sep 30, 2022 J. Bradford DeLong worries that the world's most important central bank is no longer looking for an optimal policy path.

  4. Why Can’t We All Be Rich?
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    Why Can’t We All Be Rich?

    Aug 31, 2022 J. Bradford DeLong seeks explanations for a central and enduring conundrum of modern economic history.

  5. Biden’s Summer of Legislative Love
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    Biden’s Summer of Legislative Love

    Aug 1, 2022 J. Bradford DeLong thinks the enactment of two major pieces of legislation could flip the narrative for the administration.

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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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