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Mark J. Roe

Mark J. Roe

Writing for PS since 2004
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Mark J. Roe is a professor at Harvard Law School and the author of Missing the Target: Why Stock Market Short-Termism Is Not the Problem (Oxford University Press, 2022).

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  1. Mark J. Roe on the Inflation Reduction Act, stock buybacks, stakeholder capitalism, and more
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    Mark J. Roe on the Inflation Reduction Act, stock buybacks, stakeholder capitalism, and more

    Aug 23, 2022 Mark J. Roe refutes the prevailing narrative that stock-market short-termism is killing R&D, describes a corporate-tax reform that would provide a real boost to the US economy, explains why pressure on corporations to advance the public good is misguided, and more.

  2. Is Stock-Market Short-Termism Really Behind Climate Change?
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    Is Stock-Market Short-Termism Really Behind Climate Change?

    Jun 24, 2022 Mark J. Roe disputes the widespread assumption that climate change and other problems are due to myopic profit-seeking.

  3. Planning for an American Bankruptcy Epidemic
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    Planning for an American Bankruptcy Epidemic

    May 5, 2020 Ben Iverson & Mark J. Roe say a major increase in judicial capacity in the coming months is essential to avoid even more economic pain.

  4. A Way to Help Keep the COVID-19 Economy Working
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    A Way to Help Keep the COVID-19 Economy Working

    Mar 23, 2020 Mark J. Roe thinks the least interesting biomedical research channel could be the one that impedes economic Armageddon.

  5. Why America’s CEOs Are Talking About Stakeholder Capitalism
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    Why America’s CEOs Are Talking About Stakeholder Capitalism

    Nov 4, 2019 Mark J. Roe says the Business Roundtable's rejection of shareholder primacy reflects two main considerations.

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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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