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Shang-Jin Wei

Shang-Jin Wei

Writing for PS since 2015
51 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Shang-Jin Wei, a former chief economist at the Asian Development Bank, is Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. 

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  1. Is the Benefit of China’s Zero-COVID Policy Worth the Cost?
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    Is the Benefit of China’s Zero-COVID Policy Worth the Cost?

    Oct 13, 2022 Shang-Jin Wei analyzes the evidence and finds some justification for the country’s severe restrictions.

  2. Liz Truss vs. the Bank of England
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    Liz Truss vs. the Bank of England

    Oct 6, 2022 Shang-Jin Wei explains how UK policymakers can prevent a financial crisis by helping pensioners and homeowners.

  3. The Risk of Competitive Interest-Rate Hikes
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    The Risk of Competitive Interest-Rate Hikes

    Sep 8, 2022 Shang-Jin Wei warns that the major central banks' uncoordinated interest-rate hikes make a global recession more likely.

  4. The Inflationary Consequences of Deglobalization
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    The Inflationary Consequences of Deglobalization

    Jul 13, 2022 Shang-Jin Wei & Tao Wang urge policymakers to pay closer attention to the structural factors driving rapid price growth.

  5. Three Better Alternatives to Biden’s Gasoline Tax Holiday
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    Three Better Alternatives to Biden’s Gasoline Tax Holiday

    Jun 27, 2022 Shang-Jin Wei highlights the economic drawbacks of the president’s proposed suspension of the US federal levy.

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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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