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Jason Furman

Jason Furman

Writing for PS since 2017
11 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Jason Furman, a former chair of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, is Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

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  1. Why Is US Inflation Falling?
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    Why Is US Inflation Falling?

    Aug 14, 2023 Jason Furman challenges the view that recent price and employment trends defy standard economic models.

  2. The Trussonomics Warning
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    The Trussonomics Warning

    Oct 4, 2022 Jason Furman explains why all policies intended to help one group must nowadays come at the expense of other groups.

  3. America’s Wage-Price Persistence Must Be Stopped
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    America’s Wage-Price Persistence Must Be Stopped

    Aug 2, 2022 Jason Furman argues that the Federal Reserve should err on the side of doing too much, rather than too little.

  4. Will US Consumers Keep Spending?
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    Will US Consumers Keep Spending?

    May 31, 2022 Jason Furman explains why high inflation and declining real wages have not caused households to reduce their outlays.

  5. This Inflation Is Demand-Driven and Persistent
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    This Inflation Is Demand-Driven and Persistent

    Apr 20, 2022 Jason Furman emphasizes that all the stories about supply shortages cannot explain the economic big picture.

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    A Weak, Uneven Global Recovery

    Eswar Prasad & Caroline Smiltneks explain why domestic political divisions and inflationary pressures jeopardize current market optimism.
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    Will Cambridge Support Free Speech?

    Peter Singer examines the university’s ongoing case against Nathan Cofnas, a research fellow who advocates “race realism.”
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    Can China Get Out of Its Rut?

    China’s authorities have powerful economic-policy levers at their disposal to achieve their 5% growth target this year and to put the economy on a more sustainable long-term growth path. But several trends – from the shift toward state capitalism to population aging to the loss of goodwill between Chinese and Americans – could thwart China’s ambition to join the ranks of high-income countries by mid-century.

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    China Stifles Its Own Debate

    Stephen S. Roach

    For more than two decades, the China Development Forum was a meeting where foreign business, political, and academic leaders could debate the state of the Chinese economy with the country’s highest leaders. But this year’s gathering eschewed open and honest dialogue, in favor of telling only “good stories” about China.

    bemoans the transformation of the country’s most important platform for open dialogue into a schmooze-fest.
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    Leaving Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Will Be Hard, But May Be Wise

    Peter Doyle considers how exiting the CFA franc zone could benefit Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, despite the challenges.
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    Europe’s War Jitters

    Shlomo Ben-Ami urges EU member states to prepare for the possibility of the US abandoning its NATO commitments.
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    Governments Must Shape AI’s Future

    Mariana Mazzucato & Fausto Gernone

    As with social media, the incentives around AI are aligned for rent extraction, where large companies, acting as intermediaries, amass profits at others’ expense. Governments urgently need to step in to ensure that the technology is being designed and brought to market in ways that will serve the common good.

    urge policymakers to see themselves as proactive participants in technological innovation and market-making.
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    How Guyana Became Latin America’s Leading Development Lab

    Iván Duque Márquez highlights the current government’s unique approach to managing its renewable and non-renewable resources.
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    Beating Back Populists at the Grassroots

    Sławomir Sierakowski interprets the seemingly mixed results of recent municipal and provincial elections in Poland.

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