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Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Writing for PS since 2007
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Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, is a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management and a co-chair of the COVID-19 Policy Alliance. He is the co-author, with Jonathan Gruber, of Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream and the co-author, with James Kwak, of 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and The Next Financial Meltdown

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  1. stark8_ Arne Dedertpicture alliance via Getty Images_ecb Arne Dedertpicture alliance via Getty Images

    The ECB's Existential Dilemma

    Jürgen Stark, et al.

    For years, the European Central Bank has been succumbing to political interests and pursuing objectives beyond the scope of its primary mandate: maintaining price stability. But now that inflationary pressures are building, the ECB’s credibility is on the line.

    warns that the European Central Bank’s politicization will catch up to it in the new inflationary environment.
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    Why Did Almost Nobody See Inflation Coming?

    Jason Furman

    Forecasting inflation is a staple of macroeconomic modeling, yet virtually all economists’ predictions for the United States in 2021 were way off the mark. This dismal performance reflected a collective failure to take economic models seriously enough, as well as other analytical shortcomings.

    ascribes near-universal forecasting errors in 2021 to not taking economic models seriously enough.
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