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J. Bradford DeLong

J. Bradford DeLong

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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 Algorithm Society and Its Discontents
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    The Algorithm Society and Its Discontents

    Mar 6, 2023 J. Bradford DeLong warns that an emerging new mode of human organization will cater to our worst impulses.

  2. Utopia or Bust
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    Utopia or Bust

    Feb 3, 2023 J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.

  3. The New Inflation Picture
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    The New Inflation Picture

    Dec 28, 2022 J. Bradford DeLong advises the US Federal Reserve to keep two considerations in mind now that price increases may be easing.

  4. A History of Economic Whac-A-Mole
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    A History of Economic Whac-A-Mole

    Nov 2, 2022 J. Bradford DeLong shares lessons from Alan Blinder's new account of US monetary and fiscal policymaking since 1961.

  5. J. Bradford DeLong on US inflation, redistribution, economic dogma, and more
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    J. Bradford DeLong on US inflation, redistribution, economic dogma, and more

    Oct 4, 2022 J. Bradford DeLong explains how the US Federal Reserve is undermining market and investor confidence, urges US Democrats to uphold supply-side progressivism, and proposes a straightforward approach to addressing the problems of distribution and utilization.

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    Hell in the Holy Land

    Carl Bildt fears that the stage is set for another major violent conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
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    The Fed Must Not Flinch

    Michael R. Strain urges the US central bank to continue raising interest rates, despite signs of financial-sector fragility.
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    Reimagining Development

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that grassroots engagement and social enterprise are crucial to achieving countries' aspirations.
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    What the World Bank Can Do About Climate Change

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg explains how the institution can maximize its contribution to the global net-zero agenda.
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    Richard Haass on Russia, Taiwan, and US democracy

    Richard Haass explains what caused the Ukraine war, urges the West to scrutinize its economic dependence on China, proposes ways to reverse the dangerous deterioration of democracy in America, and more.
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    Price Stability vs. Financial Stability?

    Willem H. Buiter

    If the US Federal Reserve raises its policy interest rate by as much as is necessary to rein in inflation, it will most likely further depress the market value of the long-duration securities parked on many banks' balance sheets. So be it.

    thinks central banks can achieve both, despite the occurrence of a liquidity crisis amid high inflation.
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    Fifty Years of Floating Currencies

    Jeffrey Frankel

    The half-century since the official demise of the Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates has shown the benefits of what replaced it. While some may feel nostalgic for the postwar monetary system, its collapse was inevitable, and what looked like failure has given rise to a remarkably resilient regime.

    explains why the shift toward exchange-rate flexibility after 1973 was not a policy failure, as many believed.
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    What Do America’s Spies Really Think About China?

    Kent Harrington thinks the intelligence community’s annual threat assessment should have delved deeper on the issue.
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    Waking Up to the World’s Water Crisis

    Quentin Grafton, et al. see three overarching priorities for the first global water conference in almost a half-century.

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