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Jeffrey Frankel

Jeffrey Frankel

Writing for PS since 2000
213 commentaries
2 videos & podcasts

Jeffrey Frankel, Professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard University, 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. Tariffs on Chinese Cleantech Jeopardize the Green Transition
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    Tariffs on Chinese Cleantech Jeopardize the Green Transition

    Jun 25, 2024 Jeffrey Frankel warns that US and EU efforts to protect domestic industries from low-cost competition could backfire.

  2. Europe’s Carbon Border Tax Advances the Fight Against Climate Change
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    Europe’s Carbon Border Tax Advances the Fight Against Climate Change

    May 24, 2024 Jeffrey Frankel shows how the European Union’s carbon-price mechanism could encourage other countries to follow suit.

  3. The Election-Devaluation Cycle
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    The Election-Devaluation Cycle

    Apr 29, 2024 Jeffrey Frankel revisits the idea that emerging and developing economies are likely to prop up their currencies before a vote.

  4. Democrats Are Better for the US Economy
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    Democrats Are Better for the US Economy

    Mar 25, 2024 Jeffrey Frankel notes that this is no mere correlation, though the cause remains an enduring puzzle.

  5. Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Feb 22, 2024 Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.

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    Supporting Sexual and Reproductive Health Is Good Business

    Natalia Kanem argues that investing in employees’ well-being will help companies attract and retain top talent.
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    Can Democracy Win in 2024?

    Chris Patten highlights the challenges mainstream parties face as they try to boost growth and improve public services.
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    Finding a New French Majority

    Jean Pisani-Ferry assesses what must happen to form a stable government after an election that produced a hung parliament.
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    Industrial Policy Is Back. Now What?

    How to design effective industrial policies has suddenly become a hot – and divisive – topic among economists and policymakers. Even those who agree that governments should intervene in the economy to bolster productivity, increase competitiveness, and tackle social and environmental challenges differ sharply on the details.

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    The Big Picture

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    The Way Forward for Ukraine’s Economy

    Joseph E. Stiglitz & Andrew Kosenko

    With sufficient assistance from the West, Ukraine will prevail over its much larger and richer authoritarian neighbor. But to enjoy the fruits of victory, it will have to move faster in its transition from a post-communist oligarchy, while being careful to resist the siren call of free-market fundamentalism.

    offer a roadmap for guiding the country's recovery and reconstruction during and after the war.
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    Rich Countries Must Meet Their Biodiversity Financing Pledges

    Mary Robinson urges international policymakers to use the upcoming COP16 summit to close the nature-finance gap.
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    Inequality Spurs Democratic Backsliding

    Susan Stokes shows that countries with fairer economies are less likely to succumb to authoritarian populism.
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    Bracing for a More Inflationary World

    Raghuram G. Rajan thinks central banks will remain under pressure to maintain tighter policies over the medium term.

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