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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. Don’t Blame the Democrats for US Inflation
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    Don’t Blame the Democrats for US Inflation

    Nov 3, 2022 Koichi Hamada defends the party’s responses to the pandemic and the Ukraine war, despite their effects on prices.

  2. Mourning the Real Abe Shinzō
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    Mourning the Real Abe Shinzō

    Sep 2, 2022 Koichi Hamada recounts his time advising the slain Japanese prime minister, who turned out to be more liberal than assumed.

  3. Is Taiwan the Next Ukraine?
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    Is Taiwan the Next Ukraine?

    Jul 7, 2022 Koichi Hamada considers whether US abandonment of strategic ambiguity is really the best way to deter a Chinese invasion.

  4. When Does Inflation Stop?
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    When Does Inflation Stop?

    May 3, 2022 Koichi Hamada frames an answer by examining the various mechanisms that have pushed up consumer price indices.

  5. Making Japan Productive Again
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    Making Japan Productive Again

    Mar 11, 2022 Koichi Hamada emphasizes the importance of reforming the country's work culture after the pandemic.

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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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