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Isabella M. Weber

Isabella M. Weber

Writing for PS since 2021
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Isabella M. Weber, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is the author of How China Escaped Shock Therapy: The Market Reform Debate (Routledge, 2021).

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  1. Who’s Afraid of Price Controls?
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    Who’s Afraid of Price Controls?

    Mar 26, 2024 Tom Krebs & Isabella M. Weber explain why Germany's economy is paying dearly for the government's failure to cap energy costs in 2022.

  2. Taking Aim at Sellers’ Inflation
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    Taking Aim at Sellers’ Inflation

    Jul 13, 2023 Isabella M. Weber urges policymakers to match their improved understanding of the problem with more appropriate policies.

  3. A New Economic Policy Playbook
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    A New Economic Policy Playbook

    Mar 13, 2023 Isabella M. Weber hopes the new openness to targeted price controls leads to broader intellectual reforms.

  4. Isabella M. Weber on inflation, deglobalization, China, and more
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    Isabella M. Weber on inflation, deglobalization, China, and more

    Sep 6, 2022 Isabella M. Weber advocates targeted price controls over growth-depressing interest-rate hikes, warns the US and Europe to avoid energy “shock therapy,” considers the Communist Party of China’s current economic priorities, and more.

  5. Can Europe Weather Looming Gas Shortages?
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    Can Europe Weather Looming Gas Shortages?

    May 2, 2022 Karsten Neuhoff & Isabella M. Weber urge policymakers to agree to EU-level gas saving targets and other contingency measures before it is too late.

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    The Sino-American Trade War Benefits China’s Competitors

    Arvind Subramanian warns that escalating protectionism, while dangerous, could end up helping developing countries like India.
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    Is the Quad Becoming a Potemkin Alliance?

    Brahma Chellaney fears that US President Joe Biden’s conciliatory approach toward China is undermining Indo-Pacific security.
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    The High Costs of the New US Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg

    Every time one set of protectionist measures against China disappoints, the United States escalates its economic war in the hope that additional restrictions will prove more effective. Yet by slapping massive tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, America has laid bare its own hypocrisy and economic vulnerabilities.

    laments the Biden administration's embrace of costly, futile efforts to outcompete low-cost rivals.
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    How G7 Leaders Can Unlock Financing for Africa

    William Ruto

    With many African countries trapped in perpetual cycles of debt, financing investment in sustainable development has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. The situation demands that wealthy countries step up and offer debt relief and cancellation, in addition to more concessional and long-term financing.

    urges wealthy countries to help bring the global financial system into line with the developing world's needs.
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    The Threat of Trumpflation and a Fed War

    J. Bradford DeLong thinks monetary hawks should be more worried about the return of a populist demagogue to the White House.
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    Is China Too Old to Get Rich?

    Yi Fuxian explains why the country’s rising median age is at the root of its current malaise.
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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.
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    The Case for Ukraine’s NATO Accession

    Yuriy Gorodnichenko & Ilona Sologoub explain why giving in to the Kremlin’s nuclear blackmail could push the alliance into a death spiral.
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    Don’t Believe the AI Hype

    Daron Acemoglu finds nothing to support widely cited assessments of the technology’s near-term potential.

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