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Blog Post Archive

What’s Wrong With Our System Of Global Trade And Finance?

That is what John Judis wanted to talk to me about, and we did. This over at TPM is what came out. By the way, Judis' book on populism is great. It makes an important distinction between right-wing and left-wing...

Why Did So Many Cheer Turkey's Democracy While It Was Dying?

Claire Berlinski’s excellent account of the Western (and domestic) observers who cheered on as Turkey was sliding into authoritarianism reminds me of a point I long wanted to make. There was in Erdogan’s early years some reason to be confused...

Prudential regulation, capital controls, and second-best

A usual argument against the use of capital controls as a prudential measure is that it is always better to tackle problems at their source rather than trying to deal with symptoms. This is called the principle of economic targeting...

Trade, redistribution, and social dumping

I just saw this response from Joel Trachtman to my column "Too Late To Compensate Free Trade's Losers." Trachtman argues that "the fundamental problem of winners and losers will not be solved by these changes." I do not disagree. Bu...

Dismal thoughts about the Turkish referendum

I don’t write a lot on Turkey these days. (My latest piece was published last September. It was on Erdogan’s missed opportunities to enter history books as a truly great leader, rather than the corrupt tyrant he seems destined for.)...

Ariel Rubinstein on Economics Rules

The great Ariel Rubinstein has a review of my book Economics Rules in the latest issue of the Journal of Economic Literature. It is a fun review – gratifying for me because Ariel agrees with many of my arguments –...

A Foreword to Kari Polanyi Levitt

I was recently asked to write a foreword to the Mexican edition of Kari Polanyi Levitt’s From the Great Transformation to the Great Financialization. Kari is Karl Polanyi's daughter, and the essays in her book -- part memoir, part intellectual...

Thinking straight about fair trade

In the previous entry, I discussed the real-world distributional effects of trade agreements, in the specific case of NAFTA. Why should we care about such redistribution and how should we deal with it? It is useful to distinguish between two...

What did NAFTA really do?

Brad De Long has written a lengthy essay that defends NAFTA (and other trade deals) from the charge that they are responsible for the loss of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. I agree with much that he says – in...

New results on structural change during the recent growth boom in developing countries

The last two decades have been a rare period of rapid convergence for the world's developing economies. Everyone is familiar with China and India's experience, but growth went beyond these two large economies. Many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin...

Is Global Equality the Enemy of National Equality?

The question in the title is perhaps the most important question we confront, and will continue to confront in the years ahead. I discuss my take in this paper. Many economists tend to be global-egalitarians and believe borders have little...

Scholars' letter of support for Ricardo Hausmann

Here is a letter that I have prepared and signed with some colleagues in response to Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro’s ugly attacks on Ricardo Hausmann. “We the undersigned write to express our dismay at Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro’s repeated targeting...

The Walloon mouse

It appears Belgium's Wallonia has put a nail on the coffin of the EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA) by vetoing it. The reasons, The Economist puts it, "are hard to understand." Well, yes and no. Canada is one of the most...

How to tell apart trade agreements that undermine democratic principles from those that don't

I discussed in an earlier post on Brexit how to think about international agreements and the constraints on state action they entail in terms of democratic legitimacy. Since that discussion has relevance beyond Brexit, I've pasted the relevant part here...

It’s a war of ideas, not of interests

Mike Konczal has an interesting piece on how the progressives are unlikely to win over Trump’s base of white, male, working class voters – even if they take their concerns to heart and propose policies that will help them. He...

How Shimon Peres brought inflation down in 1985

I saw Shimon Peres, who passed away yesterday, only once and it was at a conference on inflation stabilization in Jerusalem in 1990. He had led the national unity government during 1984-86 which had successfully brought down the country's triple-digit...

From hyper-globalization back to sensible globalization

I had a piece in the New York Times over the weekend that tries to steer our globalization discussion in what I think is a more sensible direction. A brief excerpt: We need to rescue globalization not just from populists,...

Is the U.S. behind Fethullah Gulen?

Whenever I talk with another Turk about the Gulen movement, a question invariably props up: is the CIA behind Gulen? In fact for most Turks this is a rather rhetorical question, with an incontrovertible answer. The belief that Gulen and...

Is Fethullah Gülen behind Turkey's coup?

If what Erdogan said on TV today is correct, there is no longer much doubt about the answer to this question. According to Erdogan, the officers who detained the chief of general staff, Hulusi Akar, on July 15 offered to...

Brexit and the Globalization Trilemma

I have not written much on Brexit because I do not have a strong or particularly well-informed view of it. My personal hope is that Britain will choose to remain in the EU – but that is as much because...

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