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Kaushik Basu

Kaushik Basu

Writing for PS since 2002
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Kaushik Basu, a former chief economist of the World Bank and chief economic adviser to the Government of India, is Professor of Economics at Cornell University and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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  1. Globalization vs. Democracy
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    Globalization vs. Democracy

    Apr 19, 2024 Kaushik Basu highlights the contradictions and vulnerabilities inherent in the current international order.

  2. The Economic Consequences of Legal Behavior
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    The Economic Consequences of Legal Behavior

    Mar 15, 2024 Kaushik Basu highlights the potential benefits of emphasizing adherence to the spirit of laws, if not their letter.

  3. Economic Possibilities for Our Overworked Grandchildren
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    Economic Possibilities for Our Overworked Grandchildren

    Feb 21, 2024 Kaushik Basu shows how it is possible to redistribute income from the rich to the poor without undermining individual incentives.

  4. Remembering Robert Solow
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    Remembering Robert Solow

    Jan 15, 2024 Kaushik Basu honors the life and work of the pioneering scholar, who died in late 2023.

  5. The Biggest Threats to Global Economic Stability
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    The Biggest Threats to Global Economic Stability

    Dec 27, 2023 Kaushik Basu highlights the urgency of re-thinking some core assumptions amid debt distress and rapid technological change.

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    History Already Tells Us the Future of AI

    Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson find policy lessons for the 2020s in the work of the early-nineteenth-century economist David Ricardo.
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    Trump and the Risk of a US Debt Default

    William L. Silber thinks the former president would be even more reckless if awarded another term this year.
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    Europe’s Red Tape Is Helping Russia

    Laurence Boone & Nicu Popescu

    The European Union’s cumbersome and narrowly defined regulations for public procurement and spending are not simply inadequate; they are dangerous. They weaken the bloc’s ability to protect itself from a broad range of Russian hybrid attacks while prolonging Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

    propose a European Defense Production Act to help fast-track processes for public procurement and spending.
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    What to Look for in Trump’s First Trial

    Eric Posner

    The intricate legal issues and colorful characters in Donald Trump's criminal trials will undoubtedly keep the media and the viewing public enraptured for months to come. But when it comes to the 2024 election, all that really matters is how the defendant appears to a narrow sliver of undecided voters.

    points out that optics, more than the law or the facts, will be what matters most for the election.
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    AI Holds the Key to Resilient Cities

    Justina Nixon-Saintil surveys the technology's foreseeable applications in promoting urban sustainable development.
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    How Risky Is Japan’s Monetary-Policy Normalization?

    Takatoshi Ito considers the implications of the central bank’s exit from negative interest rates and quantitative easing.
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    As Families Change, So Must the Safety Net

    Neha Bansal urges governments to implement policies that promote intergenerational integration and solidarity.
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    The Language of Political Control

    Robert Skidelsky views recent linguistic innovations as manipulative efforts to compel “correct” thought and perception.
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    Globalization vs. Democracy

    Kaushik Basu highlights the contradictions and vulnerabilities inherent in the current international order.

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