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| Jeffrey Frankel
September 23, 2021, Opinion: "Many aspects of cryptocurrencies are baffling, not least the success of a joke like Dogecoin. But El Salvador’s recent adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender alongside the US dollar is perhaps the strangest and potentially most worrying example of all."…
| Lawrence H. Summers
September 20, 2021, Audio: "Hank welcomes Lawrence H. Summers (71st US Treasury Secretary, 8th Director of the Economic Council, and Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University) to Straight Talk. They discuss the role of government in the lived economy, the legacy of our pandemic response, and taking a radically pragmatic approach to China. Summers shares insights on the importance of America’s higher…
| Carmen Reinhart | Kenneth Rogoff
September 2021, Paper: "Debt in emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) is at its highest level in half a century. In about nine out of 10 EMDEs, debt is higher now than it was in 2010 and, in half of the EMDEs, debt is more than 30 percentage points of gross domestic product higher. Historically, elevated debt levels increased the incidence of debt distress, particularly in EMDEs and particularly when financial market conditions turned…
| Edward Glaeser | David Cutler
September 2021, Book: "One of our great urbanists and one of our great public health experts join forces to reckon with how cities are changing in the face of existential threats the pandemic has only accelerated.  Cities can make us sick. They always have—diseases spread more easily when more people are close to one another. And disease is hardly the only ill that accompanies urban density. Cities have been demonized as breeding grounds for…
| Lawrence H. Summers
September 16, 2021, Opinion: "Scientists have repeatedly warned that in the years to come outbreaks will be more frequent, spread more quickly and take more lives. Together with the world’s dwindling biodiversity and climate crisis, to which they are inextricably linked, infectious-disease threats represent the primary international challenge of our times.  We cannot avoid outbreaks altogether. But we can sharply reduce the risk of them blowing…
| Josh Lerner
September 16, 2021, Paper: "Black- and Hispanic-owned funds control a very modest share of assets in the private capital industry and encounter difficulties in raising first-time funds, despite the fact that their performance is indistinguishable from other funds’ returns. We explore this seeming paradox. We find that the size of the follow-on funds raised by minority managers is less sensitive to the performance of the previous fund than that…
| Thomas Wheeler
September 14, 2021, Opinion: "At a time when the United States and its Western allies are struggling to determine the proper oversight of digital platform companies, the Chinese government is moving decisively ahead with its own plan. That China has designed regulations for these digital platform companies to stimulate competition and innovation should send a message to Western policymakers.  The new policies—ranging from competition enforcement…
| Shane Greenstein
2021, Paper: "Life can never deliver too many reminders to approach forecasting with humility. The recent shortages in custom chips delivered another such reminder. There also may be a more epistemological lesson to learn from these events. Good analysis directs attention at the right facts, beliefs, or opinions, and dismisses irrelevant ones. Perhaps the wrong aspects received too much attention and the most relevant ones were dismissed. What…
| Lawrence H. Summers
September 10, 2021, Video: "On this edition of Wall Street Week, David Westin speaks with former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman and TIAA CEO Roger Ferguson about the impact of 9/11 on Wall Street, on the 20th anniversary of the attacks. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers, Rock Creek CEO Afsaneh Beschloss, and Blackrock CIO of Fixed Income Rick Rieder discuss topics including Wall Street's bond-buying binge, this week's ECB policy…
September 9, 2021, Video: ""Dominant Currency Paradigm in International Economics" Gita Gopinath, International Monetary Fund (IMF)" Watch Via AG Econ on Youtube Non-HKS Author Website - Gita Gopinath