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Jeffrey Frankel

Jeffrey Frankel

Writing for PS since 2000
196 commentaries
2 videos & podcasts


Jeffrey Frankel, Professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard University, previously served as a member of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. He is a research associate at the US National Bureau of Economic Research.

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  1. Why This Debt-Ceiling Fight Is Different
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    Why This Debt-Ceiling Fight Is Different

    Jan 19, 2023 Jeffrey Frankel warns that the current partisan standoff in Washington may not end with a last-minute compromise.

  2. Is a Global Recession Really Around the Corner?
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    Is a Global Recession Really Around the Corner?

    Dec 22, 2022 Jeffrey Frankel explains why the looming economic downturn is not inevitable and may not be as bad as many economists expect.

  3. Let the WTO Referee Carbon Border Taxes
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    Let the WTO Referee Carbon Border Taxes

    Nov 29, 2022 Jeffrey Frankel shows how a revived World Trade Organization can play a central role in combating climate change.

  4. Why Do Americans Vote for Extremists?
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    Why Do Americans Vote for Extremists?

    Oct 27, 2022 Jeffrey Frankel tries to understand the appeal of a Republican Party dominated by election deniers and conspiracy theorists.

  5. In the Dollar We Trust
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    In the Dollar We Trust

    Sep 21, 2022 Jeffrey Frankel argues that the greenback’s recent surge is being driven by the relative resiliency of the US economy.

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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.
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    Death or Glory in Russia

    Slavoj Žižek traces the religious and intellectual roots of the Kremlin’s increasingly morbid war propaganda.

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