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Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Writing for PS since 2007
160 commentaries

Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, is a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a co-chair of the COVID-19 Policy Alliance, and a co-chair of the CFA Institute Systemic Risk Council. He is the co-author (with Daron Acemoglu) of the forthcoming Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity (PublicAffairs, May 2023).

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  1. How to Fix the Platform Economy
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    How to Fix the Platform Economy

    Mar 13, 2023 Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson propose new policy interventions to shift the industry away from its socially destructive business model.

  2. Are Russian Oil Prices Being Rigged?
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    Are Russian Oil Prices Being Rigged?

    Mar 1, 2023 Simon Johnson urges the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission to investigate reports of price manipulation.

  3. What’s Wrong with ChatGPT?

    What’s Wrong with ChatGPT?

    Feb 6, 2023 Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson worry that the technology will be deployed to replace, rather than empower, humans.

  4. Only the US Congress Can Stop Ukraine from Winning
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    Only the US Congress Can Stop Ukraine from Winning

    Feb 1, 2023 Simon Johnson explains why Russia’s best hope now lies with House Republicans’ nonsensical position on the US debt ceiling.

  5. The Next Stage of the Hot Cold War
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    The Next Stage of the Hot Cold War

    Jan 3, 2023 Simon Johnson argues that Western countries must begin focusing more intently in 2023 on reducing demand for fossil fuels.

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    Tax the Rich to Save the Planet

    Owen Gaffney argues that reducing economic inequality is the key to strengthening democracy and mitigating climate change.
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    Is Globalization Over?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. explains why reports of the death of humanity's interdependence are greatly exaggerated.
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    Putin and Trump in the Dock?

    Jack Goldsmith explains the risks associated with pursuing criminal prosecutions against high-profile political figures.
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    The Great Revision

    Joschka Fischer examines the broader geopolitical restructuring that was triggered by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
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    Why Inflation Persists

    Lars P. Feld

    What "Team Transitory" has missed in the inflation debate is that inflation tends to become persistent because of second-round effects. Not only have producer prices risen over the past year or so, but they also have not yet been fully passed through the value chain.

    navigates the complex array of factors that give rise to one of the biggest problems in macroeconomics.
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    Wanted: Vladimir Putin

    Antara Haldar explains why the International Criminal Court’s indictment is more than just a symbolic victory.
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    Here We Go Again?

    Fifteen years after the collapse of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers triggered a devastating global financial crisis, the banking system is in trouble again. Central bankers and financial regulators each seem to bear some of the blame for the recent tumult, but there is significant disagreement over how much – and what, if anything, can be done to avoid a deeper crisis.

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    The Coming Doom Loop

    Nouriel Roubini warns that liquidity support will not be enough to prevent a deeper financial crisis and economic downturn.
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    Crises of Uncertainty

    Harold James fears the consequences of policymakers’ continual revision of economic and financial governance rules.

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