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Lawrence H. Summers

Lawrence H. Summers

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Lawrence H. Summers was US Secretary of the Treasury (1999-2001), Chief Economist of the World Bank (1991-93), Director of the US National Economic Council (2009-10), and President of Harvard University (2001-06), where he is currently University Professor.

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  1. The World Is Still on Fire
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    The World Is Still on Fire

    Apr 15, 2024 Lawrence H. Summers & N.K. Singh think policymakers need to get four things right to shore up the credibility of the international system.

  2. The Multilateral Development Banks the World Needs
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    The Multilateral Development Banks the World Needs

    Jul 24, 2023 Lawrence H. Summers & N.K. Singh offer a plan to ensure that these key institutions prove equal to challenges of the twenty-first century.

  3. A New Chance for the World Bank
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    A New Chance for the World Bank

    Oct 10, 2022 Lawrence H. Summers calls for reforms focused on crisis response, post-conflict reconstruction, and the green transition.

  4. Debt Relief Is the Most Effective Pandemic Aid
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    Debt Relief Is the Most Effective Pandemic Aid

    Apr 15, 2020 Gordon Brown & Lawrence H. Summers call for a two-year moratorium on payments for every emerging and developing economy that needs help.

  5. Can a Political-Economy Vicious Circle Be Avoided?
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    Can a Political-Economy Vicious Circle Be Avoided?

    Dec 26, 2019 Lawrence H. Summers sees the US presidential election in November as the year's most important decision worldwide.

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    The Sino-American Trade War Benefits China’s Competitors

    Arvind Subramanian warns that escalating protectionism, while dangerous, could end up helping developing countries like India.
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    Is the Quad Becoming a Potemkin Alliance?

    Brahma Chellaney fears that US President Joe Biden’s conciliatory approach toward China is undermining Indo-Pacific security.
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    The High Costs of the New US Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg

    Every time one set of protectionist measures against China disappoints, the United States escalates its economic war in the hope that additional restrictions will prove more effective. Yet by slapping massive tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, America has laid bare its own hypocrisy and economic vulnerabilities.

    laments the Biden administration's embrace of costly, futile efforts to outcompete low-cost rivals.
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    How G7 Leaders Can Unlock Financing for Africa

    William Ruto

    With many African countries trapped in perpetual cycles of debt, financing investment in sustainable development has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. The situation demands that wealthy countries step up and offer debt relief and cancellation, in addition to more concessional and long-term financing.

    urges wealthy countries to help bring the global financial system into line with the developing world's needs.
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    The Threat of Trumpflation and a Fed War

    J. Bradford DeLong thinks monetary hawks should be more worried about the return of a populist demagogue to the White House.
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    Is China Too Old to Get Rich?

    Yi Fuxian explains why the country’s rising median age is at the root of its current malaise.
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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.
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    The Case for Ukraine’s NATO Accession

    Yuriy Gorodnichenko & Ilona Sologoub explain why giving in to the Kremlin’s nuclear blackmail could push the alliance into a death spiral.
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    Don’t Believe the AI Hype

    Daron Acemoglu finds nothing to support widely cited assessments of the technology’s near-term potential.

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