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Kenneth Rogoff

Kenneth Rogoff

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Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Harvard University and recipient of the 2011 Deutsche Bank Prize in Financial Economics, was the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund from 2001 to 2003. He is co-author of This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly (Princeton University Press, 2011) and author of The Curse of Cash (Princeton University Press, 2016).

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  1. Britain’s Democratic Failure
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    Britain’s Democratic Failure

    Jun 10, 2024 Kenneth Rogoff explains why nation-defining decisions should not be put to a simple majority vote.

  2. Central Banks’ New-Old Inflationary Bias
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    Central Banks’ New-Old Inflationary Bias

    May 27, 2024 Kenneth Rogoff explains why policymakers are more likely to risk higher prices during periods of economic uncertainty.

  3. The End of Magical Debt Thinking
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    The End of Magical Debt Thinking

    Apr 29, 2024 Kenneth Rogoff welcomes economists’ recent reassessment of the costs and benefits of public borrowing.

  4. Can Europe’s Economy Exceed Expectations in 2024?
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    Can Europe’s Economy Exceed Expectations in 2024?

    Apr 5, 2024 Kenneth Rogoff sees several reasons to be more optimistic than current forecasts suggest.

  5. What’s Behind the US Stock-Market Disconnect?
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    What’s Behind the US Stock-Market Disconnect?

    Mar 4, 2024 Kenneth Rogoff warns that investors are underestimating the severity of the threat to American democracy.

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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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    How Chinese Savings Can Support the Global Green Transition

    Daniel Gros urges the EU to welcome cheap low-carbon goods, such as electric vehicles, from China.
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    Who’s Afraid of Colonization?

    Frederico Menino thinks the concept can be repurposed to help overcome the deficiencies of current social advocacy.
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    Europe Needs Chinese Investment

    Dalia Marin urges European policymakers to focus on boosting FDI flows from technologically advanced economies.
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    Why Macron Is Risking an Election

    Zaki Laïdi points out that the French president has little to lose by dissolving parliament after two years of paralysis.
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    The Economic Case for Seizing Russia’s Frozen Assets to Support Ukraine

    Timothy Ash rebuts the main arguments against confiscating Russian reserves to fund Ukraine’s defense.

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