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Economists vs. Economics

Published 10.09.2015
CAMBRIDGE – Ever since the late nineteenth century, when economics, increasingly embracing mathematics and statistics, developed scientific pretensions, its practitioners have been accused of a variety of sins. The charges – including hubris,...

Piketty and the Zeitgeist

Published 13.05.2014
PRINCETON – I get the same question these days wherever I go and from whomever I meet: What do you think of Thomas Piketty? It’s really two questions in one: What do you think of Piketty the book, and what do you think of Piketty the phenomenon?...

In Praise of Foxy Scholars

Published 10.03.2014
PRINCETON – We live in a complicated world, so we are forced to simplify it. We categorize people around us as friends or foes, classify their motives as good or bad, and ascribe events with complex roots to straightforward causes. Such...

Death by Finance

Published 11.02.2014
PRINCETON – How quickly emerging markets’ fortunes have turned. Not long ago, they were touted as the salvation of the world economy – the dynamic engines of growth that would take over as the economies of the United States and Europe sputtered....

The Problem is Authoritarianism, Not Islam

Published 12.08.2013
PRINCETON – Is Islam fundamentally incompatible with democracy? Time and again events compel us to ask this question. And yet it is a question that obscures more than it illuminates. Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia are very different countries, but...

What Use Are Economists?

Published 10.05.2013
CAMBRIDGE – When the stakes are high, it is no surprise that battling political opponents use whatever support they can garner from economists and other researchers. That is what happened when conservative American politicians and European Union...

National Governments, Global Citizens

Published 14.03.2013
CAMBRIDGE – Nothing endangers globalization more than the yawning governance gap – the dangerous disparity between the national scope of political accountability and the global nature of markets for goods, capital, and many services – that has...

The End of the World as We Know It

Published 14.06.2012
Consider the following scenario. After a victory by the left-wing Syriza party, Greece’s new government announces that it wants to renegotiate the terms of its agreement with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. German...

Ideas over Interests

Published 27.04.2012
John Maynard Keynes once famously said that “even the most practical man of affairs is usually in the thrall of the ideas of some long-dead economist.” He probably didn’t put it nearly strongly enough. The ideas that have produced, for example,...

The Nation-State Reborn

Published 13.02.2012
One of our era's foundational myths is that globalization has condemned the nation-state to irrelevance. But national governments remain our best hope for collective action – indeed, in the absence of transnational identities and viable...

Thinking the Unthinkable in Europe

Published 10.12.2010
CAMBRIDGE - When Greece was bailed out by a joint eurozone-IMF rescue package back in May, it was clear that the deal had bought only a temporary respite. Now the other shoe has dropped. With Ireland's troubles threatening to spill over to...

Let Finance Skeptics Take Over

Published 11.08.2009
CAMBRIDGE - The race is on to fill the most important economic policy position in the world. United States Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's term ends in January, and President Barack Obama must decide before then: either re-appoint...