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Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz

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334 commentaries
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Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics and University Professor at Columbia University, is a former chief economist of the World Bank (1997-2000), chair of the US President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and co-chair of the High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices. He is Co-Chair of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation and was lead author of the 1995 IPCC Climate Assessment.

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  1. A Big Defeat for Big Tech
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    A Big Defeat for Big Tech

    Mar 18, 2024 Joseph E. Stiglitz details how the industry tried to slip extraordinary protections against regulation into US trade agreements.

  2. The Biden Administration vs. Climate Youth
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    The Biden Administration vs. Climate Youth

    Mar 13, 2024 Joseph E. Stiglitz decries US efforts to block a lawsuit demanding that policymakers consider emissions in their decisions.

  3. How to Enforce Climate Agreements with Trade Measures
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    How to Enforce Climate Agreements with Trade Measures

    Jan 25, 2024 Scott Barrett, et al. call for more narrow, binding agreements that follow the successful model of the Montreal Protocol.

  4. The Biden Administration’s Recent Antitrust Wins Help Us All
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    The Biden Administration’s Recent Antitrust Wins Help Us All

    Jan 10, 2024 Joseph E. Stiglitz welcomes the empowerment of US competition authorities to tackle the growing problem of market power.

  5. Seizing Russia’s Frozen Assets Is the Right Move
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    Seizing Russia’s Frozen Assets Is the Right Move

    Jan 4, 2024 Joseph E. Stiglitz & Andrew Kosenko urge G7 leaders to send a clear message to rogue regimes waging brutal wars of aggression.

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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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