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Sebastián Edwards

Sebastián Edwards

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Sebastián Edwards, Professor of International Economics at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, is the author, most recently, of The Chile Project: The Story of the Chicago Boys and the Downfall of Neoliberalism (Princeton University Press, 2023).

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  1. Chile’s 9/11, Fifty Years Later
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    Chile’s 9/11, Fifty Years Later

    Sep 8, 2023 Sebastián Edwards offers a chronicle of the military coup and its morally complicated economic legacy.

  2. Modern Monetary Disasters
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    Modern Monetary Disasters

    May 16, 2019 Sebastián Edwards says the recent experience of Latin America highlights the dangers of printing money to finance public spending.

  3. The New Old Populism
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    The New Old Populism

    Jan 10, 2019 Sebastián Edwards sees similarities between the West’s nationalist turn and Latin America’s historical experience.

  4. Learning from America’s Forgotten Default
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    Learning from America’s Forgotten Default

    May 21, 2018 Sebastián Edwards says the Great Depression-era “gold clause cases” hold lessons for today’s debt-strapped countries.

  5. The Financial Hurricane Hits Latin America

    The Financial Hurricane Hits Latin America

    Nov 10, 2008 Sebastián Edwards

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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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