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Koichi Hamada

Koichi Hamada

Writing for PS since 2013
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Koichi Hamada, Professor Emeritus at Yale University, was a special adviser to former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō.

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  1. Is a Weak Yen Good for Japan’s Economy?
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    Is a Weak Yen Good for Japan’s Economy?

    Jan 8, 2024 Koichi Hamada considers whether the currency’s appreciation or depreciation is better for macroeconomic performance.

  2. Should Fiscal Policy Resemble Private Budgets?
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    Should Fiscal Policy Resemble Private Budgets?

    Nov 3, 2023 Koichi Hamada explains how governments can use deficit spending to achieve full employment without risking default.

  3. Why a Global Recession Is Unlikely
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    Why a Global Recession Is Unlikely

    Sep 6, 2023 Koichi Hamada explains why consensus predictions of a worldwide economic downturn this year have not weathered well.

  4. Abe Shinzō, We Hardly Knew You
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    Abe Shinzō, We Hardly Knew You

    Jul 7, 2023 Koichi Hamada highlights the surprising breadth and intensity of the late leader’s engagement with the arts.

  5. Japan’s Giant of Central Banking
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    Japan’s Giant of Central Banking

    May 5, 2023 Koichi Hamada pays homage to Haruhiko Kuroda following the end of Kuroda's ten-year tenure as governor of the Bank of Japan.

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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

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    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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