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Jason Furman

Jason Furman

Writing for PS since 2017
9 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. The Economic Consequences of the Ukraine War
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    The Economic Consequences of the Ukraine War

    Feb 25, 2022 Jason Furman cautions against reading too much into the initial market reaction to Russia's invasion.

  5. Why Did Almost Nobody See Inflation Coming?
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    Why Did Almost Nobody See Inflation Coming?

    Jan 17, 2022 Jason Furman ascribes near-universal forecasting errors in 2021 to not taking economic models seriously enough.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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