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Barry Eichengreen

Barry Eichengreen

Writing for PS since 2003
172 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, is a former senior policy adviser at the International Monetary Fund. He is the author of many books, including In Defense of Public Debt (Oxford University Press, 2021).

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  1. The Long Shadow of Black Wednesday
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    The Long Shadow of Black Wednesday

    Sep 13, 2022 Barry Eichengreen recalls why the UK crashed out of the incipient eurozone 30 years ago – and shows why it still matters today.

  2. How India Can Sustain Rapid Economic Growth
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    How India Can Sustain Rapid Economic Growth

    Aug 12, 2022 Barry Eichengreen & Poonam Gupta say that the country's high GDP rate can be maintained only if structural reforms are swiftly implemented.

  3. Boris Johnson Leaves Behind a Sterling Mess
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    Boris Johnson Leaves Behind a Sterling Mess

    Jul 8, 2022 Barry Eichengreen explains why the British prime minister’s resignation will heighten downward pressure on the pound.

  4. Economic Consequences of a Ukraine Peace
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    Economic Consequences of a Ukraine Peace

    Jun 10, 2022 Barry Eichengreen makes a pragmatic case against using Russia’s frozen official reserves to pay for war reparations.

  5. Shaping a Marshall Plan for Ukraine
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    Shaping a Marshall Plan for Ukraine

    May 10, 2022 Barry Eichengreen notes that the most relevant features of US aid for Europe’s postwar reconstruction do not concern its costs.

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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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