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J. Bradford DeLong

J. Bradford DeLong

Writing for PS since 2002
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J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the author of Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century (Basic Books, 2022). He was Deputy Assistant US Treasury Secretary during the Clinton Administration, where he was heavily involved in budget and trade negotiations. His role in designing the bailout of Mexico during the 1994 peso crisis placed him at the forefront of Latin America‚Äôs transformation into a region of open economies, and cemented his stature as a leading voice in economic-policy debates.

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  1. The Threat of Trumpflation and a Fed War
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    The Threat of Trumpflation and a Fed War

    May 22, 2024 J. Bradford DeLong thinks monetary hawks should be more worried about the return of a populist demagogue to the White House.

  2. Musk Has Made Tesla a Meme Stock
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    Musk Has Made Tesla a Meme Stock

    May 1, 2024 J. Bradford DeLong worries that the first mover in electric vehicles is increasingly running on bucket-shop hype.

  3. The Mystery of US Interest Rates
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    The Mystery of US Interest Rates

    Mar 14, 2024 J. Bradford DeLong asks why market rates and expectations are far from what almost anyone would have anticipated five years ago.

  4. What Is the Fed Thinking?
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    What Is the Fed Thinking?

    Feb 5, 2024 J. Bradford DeLong worries that the central bank is keeping monetary policy too restrictive for the macroeconomic situation.

  5. The Fed’s Remarkable Feat
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    The Fed’s Remarkable Feat

    Dec 22, 2023 J. Bradford DeLong argues that the US central bank has managed to humble hawkish and dovish critics alike.

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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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    What the China Pessimists Are Getting Wrong

    Yu Yongding rejects gloomy narratives about the economy’s prospects and proposes ways to revive growth.

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