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James K. Galbraith

James K. Galbraith

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James K. Galbraith, Professor of Government and Chair in Government/Business Relations at the University of Texas at Austin, is a former staff economist for the House Banking Committee and a former executive director of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. From 1993-97, he served as chief technical adviser for macroeconomic reform to China’s State Planning Commission. He is the co-author (with Jing Chen) of the forthcoming Entropy Economics: The Living Basis of Value and Production (University of Chicago Press).

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  1. Mainstream Economics’ Medieval Inflation Medicine
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    Mainstream Economics’ Medieval Inflation Medicine

    Dec 29, 2023 James K. Galbraith shows how prevailing economic thinking is analogous to the theory of the “four humors” in ancient medicine.

  2. Will High Interest Rates Trigger a Debt Disaster?
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    Will High Interest Rates Trigger a Debt Disaster?

    Dec 1, 2023 James K. Galbraith shows that renewed warnings about dangerous debt-to-GDP ratios are belied by history and recent experience.

  3. Why Mainstream Economics Got Inflation Wrong
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    Why Mainstream Economics Got Inflation Wrong

    Nov 15, 2023 James K. Galbraith thinks the misdiagnosis of price growth in 2021-22 speaks to a larger problem with the discipline.

  4. Down on the Biden Economy
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    Down on the Biden Economy

    Sep 20, 2023 James K. Galbraith thinks the failure of wages to keep up with inflation explains much of the public’s dour mood.

  5. America’s “New” China Narrative
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    America’s “New” China Narrative

    Aug 17, 2023 James K. Galbraith thinks the current US conventional wisdom misses the point and is being driven by ulterior motives.

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    D-Day and the Threat of Total War

    Robert Skidelsky

    After eight decades of relative peace, the world is once again dividing into hostile economic and geopolitical blocs. The 80th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the principles we are willing to defend and the sacrifices we are prepared to make.

    thinks understanding the causes and consequences of past global conflicts is crucial to preventing another one.
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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.
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    Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity

    Mohamed Ould Ghazouani & Ajay Banga urge the G7 to focus on the continent’s future, and on five priorities in particular, at this week’s summit.
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

    Shlomo Ben-Ami

    The 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus holds useful lessons about what it takes to arrest – and recover from – inter-communal violence. But there is a difference between a pogrom and a genocide, and conflating the two can do more harm than good.

    considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.
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    AI: Hope or Hype?

    Whether generative artificial intelligence will do more harm or good to our families, economies, and societies remains an open question. In devising strategies for harnessing the technology, optimism is undoubtedly warranted, but it should not come at the expense of realism.

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    How Denmark Keeps the Far Right at Bay

    Michael Ehrenreich explains how mainstream parties have neutralized the threat of right-wing populists.
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    How Techno-Libertarians Fell in Love with Big Government

    Quinn Slobodian argues Silicon Valley investors are against the state only insofar as it is not enriching them personally.

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