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Barry Eichengreen

Barry Eichengreen

Writing for PS since 2003
180 commentaries
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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. Winners and Losers in the AI Arms Race
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    Winners and Losers in the AI Arms Race

    May 10, 2023 Barry Eichengreen asks which countries will benefit from the advent of artificial intelligence, and which will not.

  2. A Bank Murder Mystery
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    A Bank Murder Mystery

    Apr 13, 2023 Barry Eichengreen examines the four main suspects that have emerged in explanations of the recent US financial turmoil.

  3. Will Geopolitics or Technology Reshape the Global Monetary Order?
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    Will Geopolitics or Technology Reshape the Global Monetary Order?

    Mar 10, 2023 Barry Eichengreen asks why the widely predicted shift toward renminbi-denominated foreign reserves and payments has stalled.

  4. Putting America’s Debt in Its Place
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    Putting America’s Debt in Its Place

    Feb 9, 2023 Barry Eichengreen argues that every element of congressional Republicans' narrative of impending crisis is wrong.

  5. Sympathy for the Algorithm
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    Sympathy for the Algorithm

    Jan 11, 2023 Barry Eichengreen considers the philosophical, economic, and aesthetic questions raised by OpenAI’s release of ChatGPT.

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    Revisiting the Behavioral Revolution in Economics

    Antara Haldar assesses the legacy of the intellectual challenge to the view that rational self-interest guides our actions.
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    New AI Germ Busters Can Also Bust Unions

    Yanis Varoufakis shows how an AI-driven biomedical breakthrough could rob workers of what little power they have left.
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    Globalization’s Warring Narratives

    Harold James examines the analytical disagreements that are hampering management of an unavoidable phenomenon.
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    The Digital Economy’s New Monetary Imperative

    Piroska Nagy Mohácsi

    In a rapidly digitalizing world, central banks are staring down a future in which they may lack the tools necessary to manage crises, and in which they may no longer be able to protect their monetary sovereignty. They should recognize that digital currency is a source of institutional salvation.

    thinks governments must embrace central bank digital currencies or risk a fundamental loss of control.
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    Europe’s Climate Quandary

    Jean Pisani-Ferry assesses the inevitable trade-offs the European Union must confront in achieving its clean-energy targets.
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    Governing the Unknown

    Kaushik Basu suggests a few principles to guide policymakers as they try to keep up with rapidly advancing technologies.
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    Fast-Tracking a Lassa Fever Vaccine

    Oyeronke Oyebanji outlines what West African governments can learn from the development and distribution of the COVID-19 jab.
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    Climate Science Beats Climate Fatalism

    Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, et al. show that the more ambitious 1.5º target for global warming is still feasible – and more necessary than ever.
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    Turkey’s Pragmatic Islamist

    Shlomo Ben-Ami expects Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s latest electoral victory to have little impact on Turkish foreign policy.

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