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Willem H. Buiter

Willem H. Buiter

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

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  1. 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.

  2. Stablecoins, Riskycoins, and Dodgycoins
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    Stablecoins, Riskycoins, and Dodgycoins

    Jul 6, 2022 Willem H. Buiter & Anne C. Sibert offer a taxonomy of cryptocurrencies to guide policymakers as they draft new regulations for the industry.

  3. Central Banks Are Still Far Behind the Inflation Curve
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    Central Banks Are Still Far Behind the Inflation Curve

    Jun 9, 2022 Willem H. Buiter & Anne C. Sibert wonder why the Fed, the ECB, and the Bank of England are maintaining expansionary policy stances.

  4. Fiscal Capture at the ECB
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    Fiscal Capture at the ECB

    May 16, 2022 Willem H. Buiter suspects that the eurozone central bank may be serving objectives other than those defined in its mandate.

  5. Pricing Existential Risk
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    Pricing Existential Risk

    Mar 16, 2022 Willem H. Buiter thinks markets are underestimating the possibility of nuclear war and its likely effect on markets.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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