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Andrés Velasco

Andrés Velasco

Writing for PS since 2001
132 commentaries

Andrés Velasco, a former presidential candidate and finance minister of Chile, is Dean of the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of numerous books and papers on international economics and development, and has served on the faculty at Harvard, Columbia, and New York Universities. 

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  1. The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto
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    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

    Nov 25, 2022 Andrés Velasco explains why FTX's collapse should sink a hyped-up lie bobbing on an ocean of libertarian technobabble.

  2. Early to Hike, Early to Thrive?
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    Early to Hike, Early to Thrive?

    Oct 31, 2022 Andrés Velasco explains why some central banks began raising interest rates a year ahead of the the US and the eurozone.

  3. God Save the Pound?
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    God Save the Pound?

    Sep 26, 2022 Andrés Velasco explains why sterling is plummeting when economic theory says it should be soaring.

  4. Woke Politics Goes South
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    Woke Politics Goes South

    Aug 25, 2022 Andrés Velasco argues that left-wing activists' mistakes risk pushing Latin American voters toward right-wing authoritarians.

  5. Argentina’s Never-Ending Tragic Farce
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    Argentina’s Never-Ending Tragic Farce

    Jul 27, 2022 Andrés Velasco argues that the country’s latest bout of financial turmoil is following a familiar historical pattern.

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    Will Crypto Survive?

    Kenneth Rogoff assesses the strategies regulators could adopt in the aftermath of the FTX debacle.
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    Done With Deglobalization?

    Michael Spence sees reason to hope that the scales may soon tip back from international confrontation to cooperation.
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    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

    Andrés Velasco explains why FTX's collapse should sink a hyped-up lie bobbing on an ocean of libertarian technobabble.
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    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.
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    America's Silent Progressive Majority

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Now that the American electorate appears to have rejected Republican extremism, many will argue that US President Joe Biden and the Democrats should tack right to capture centrist voters. But this would be a mistake, given where voters' preferences increasingly lie.

    considers what the midterm election results indicate about voters' real priorities.
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    Big Tech Gets Derailed

    Jonathan Levy traces the origins of the sector's recent turmoil to the nineteenth-century rise of the corporation.
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    Will the West Give in to Russia?

    From soaring inflation to a deepening energy crisis, the United States and Europe are facing no shortage of economic challenges, and Russia’s war against Ukraine – and the sanctions imposed in response to it – bears much of the blame. As Russia launches new rounds of missile attacks, we asked PS commentators what the West should be doing for Ukraine – and how likely it is to do it.

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    The Techno-Feudal Method to Musk’s Twitter Madness

    Yanis Varoufakis explains that the issue is neither vanity nor public service, but rather the need to acquire cloud capital.
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    The Case for Mandating Climate-Risk Disclosure

    Timothy Meyer, et al. defend the legal and economic justification for the US Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed new rule.

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