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Barry Eichengreen

Barry Eichengreen

Writing for PS since 2003
176 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. 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.

  2. A Financial Agenda for India’s G20 Presidency
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    A Financial Agenda for India’s G20 Presidency

    Dec 12, 2022 Barry Eichengreen & Poonam Gupta outline feasible, widely supported steps that member countries can take to strengthen global resilience.

  3. The Trilemma of Central Bank Digital Currencies
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    The Trilemma of Central Bank Digital Currencies

    Nov 9, 2022 Barry Eichengreen thinks policymakers’ race to roll out new payment vehicles is being driven by some questionable assumptions.

  4. Who Should Coordinate Ukrainian Reconstruction?
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    Who Should Coordinate Ukrainian Reconstruction?

    Oct 11, 2022 Barry Eichengreen examines the alternatives for implementing a program that will cost hundreds of billions of dollars.

  5. 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.

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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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    Death or Glory in Russia

    Slavoj Žižek traces the religious and intellectual roots of the Kremlin’s increasingly morbid war propaganda.

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