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With inflation in the United States at the highest level in 30 years, we asked several economists and public finance experts at Harvard Kennedy School—all of whom have held senior federal government economics roles— to weigh in. Here are their brief perspectives on the underlying issues and the key policy choices facing the Biden administration and Congress. 

Leverage, financial crises, and policies to raise economic growth: A conversation with Raghuram Rajan

Kevin Hassett, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers offered a vigorous defense of President Trump’s economic policies during an appearance at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. Hassett was interviewed by Jason Furman, professor of the practice of economic policy, during the annual Malcolm H. Wiener Lecture on International Political Economy.

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From Richard Zeckhauser

The president promised to cut the US trade deficit. His tax law will widen it

Professor Jeffrey Frankel argues that just as happened after President Reagan's tax cuts in the 1980s, President Trump's cut is almost certain to widen the budget deficit and fuel growth in the U.S. current-account deficit.

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