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Willem H. Buiter

Willem H. Buiter

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Willem H. Buiter, a former chief economist at Citibank and former member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England, is an independent economic adviser.

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  1. Eliminate the Debt Ceiling
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    Eliminate the Debt Ceiling

    Jan 31, 2023 Willem H. Buiter thinks the US Constitution and common sense argue for a de facto abolition of the cap.

  2. Secular Stagnation, Not Secular Stagflation
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    Secular Stagnation, Not Secular Stagflation

    Jan 6, 2023 Willem H. Buiter thinks it remains well within monetary policymakers' power to rein in price growth, if not boost GDP growth.

  3. Too Much Gloom and Doom?
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    Too Much Gloom and Doom?

    Dec 12, 2022 Willem H. Buiter doubts that most major economies are heading into outright recessions and accompanying financial crises.

  4. The Bank of England’s Imperfect Intervention
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    The Bank of England’s Imperfect Intervention

    Oct 22, 2022 Willem H. Buiter & Anne C. Sibert identify unforced errors in the central bank’s latest emergency bond-market intervention.

  5. Will Europe’s New TPI Be an ATM?
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    Will Europe’s New TPI Be an ATM?

    Jul 22, 2022 Willem H. Buiter worries that a new asset-purchase facility will lead to greater fiscal capture at the central bank.

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    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.
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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.

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