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Koichi Hamada

Koichi Hamada

Writing for PS since 2013
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Koichi Hamada, Professor Emeritus at Yale University, was a special adviser to former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō.

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  1. Is a Weak Yen Good for Japan’s Economy?
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    Is a Weak Yen Good for Japan’s Economy?

    Jan 8, 2024 Koichi Hamada considers whether the currency’s appreciation or depreciation is better for macroeconomic performance.

  2. Should Fiscal Policy Resemble Private Budgets?
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    Should Fiscal Policy Resemble Private Budgets?

    Nov 3, 2023 Koichi Hamada explains how governments can use deficit spending to achieve full employment without risking default.

  3. Why a Global Recession Is Unlikely
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    Why a Global Recession Is Unlikely

    Sep 6, 2023 Koichi Hamada explains why consensus predictions of a worldwide economic downturn this year have not weathered well.

  4. Abe Shinzō, We Hardly Knew You
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    Abe Shinzō, We Hardly Knew You

    Jul 7, 2023 Koichi Hamada highlights the surprising breadth and intensity of the late leader’s engagement with the arts.

  5. Japan’s Giant of Central Banking
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    Japan’s Giant of Central Banking

    May 5, 2023 Koichi Hamada pays homage to Haruhiko Kuroda following the end of Kuroda's ten-year tenure as governor of the Bank of Japan.

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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.
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    Europe and the World Need Ukraine to Prevail

    Dmytro Kuleba & Josep Borrell

    Ukrainians, Europeans, and others around the world all have an interest in opposing the kind of war of aggression that Russia launched two years ago. Failing to support Ukraine now would invite a return to the dark past of military aggression, imperialism, and colonialism – and not just in Europe.

    remind everyone of the stakes in Russia's war of aggression, as it enters its third year.
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    Is Blockchain Ready for Primetime?

    Josh Burek considers whether the technology has checked all the boxes needed to achieve wider adoption.
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    Russia Will Honor Navalny Someday

    Carl Bildt reflects on the murdered opposition leader’s success in challenging Vladimir Putin’s regime.
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    Europe Is Home Alone

    Joschka Fischer thinks the threats to European security have become too great for the status quo to bear.
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    Economic Possibilities for Our Overworked Grandchildren

    Kaushik Basu shows how it is possible to redistribute income from the rich to the poor without undermining individual incentives.
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    Empowering the Pandemic Accord

    Gordon Brown warns that lies could undermine efforts to create a global pact for fighting infectious-disease outbreaks.
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    Will Europe Ever Get Serious About Defense?

    Daniela Schwarzer

    At this year’s Munich Security Conference, European leaders missed yet another opportunity to show how they plan to strengthen NATO’s European pillar and develop a robust European defense industry. Yet with the prospect of another Donald Trump presidency looming, there can be no room for such failures.

    laments the lack of a strong, coordinated message at the latest Munich Security Conference.
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    Rethinking Inequality in Latin America

    Ana María Ibáñez highlights new research showing that the problem is neither as predictable nor as static as many believe.

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