Berkeley Economics and Political Science Prof. Barry Eichengreen: Confronting the Fiscal Bogeyman

BERKELEY – The world economy is visibly sinking, and the policymakers who are supposed to be its stewards are tying themselves in knots. Or so suggest the results of the G-20 summit held in Shanghai at the More...

Professor Barry Eichengreen On Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Berkeley Economics and Political Science Prof. Barry Eichengreen: China’s Exchange-Rate Trap

For months now, China’s exchange-rate policy has been roiling global financial markets. More precisely, confusion about that policy has been roiling the markets. Chinese officials have done a poor job communicating More...

Professor Barry Eichengreen On Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Berkeley Economics and Political Science Prof. Barry Eichengreen: Reforming or Deforming the Fed?

BERKELEY – The silly season that is a presidential election campaign in the United States has taken a particularly absurd turn as the candidates offer their proposals for monetary-policy reform. This is not More...

Professor Barry Eichengreen On Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Berkeley Economics and Political Science Prof. Barry Eichengreen: Today’s Productivity Paradox

Recent trends in productivity growth make it hard to be optimistic about the future. In 2014, the global growth of total factor productivity, or TFP, which measures the combined productivity of capital More...

Professor Barry Eichengreen On Monday, November 9th, 2015

Berkeley Economics and Political Science Prof. Barry Eichengreen: Is US Monetary Policy Made in China?

For much of the year, investors have been fixated on when the Fed will achieve “liftoff” – that is, when it will raise interest rates by 25 basis points, or 0.25%, as a first step toward normalizing More...

Professor Barry Eichengreen On Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Berkeley Economics and Political Science Prof. Barry Eichengreen: The Crisis Europe Needs

 It’s hard to be optimistic about Europe. Last summer, a political cage match between Germany and Greece threatened to tear the European Union apart. In country after country, extremist political parties More...

Professor Barry Eichengreen On Friday, September 11th, 2015

Berkeley Economics and Political Science Prof. Barry Eichengreen: China’s Forex Follies

BERKELEY – On August 11, China devalued its currency by 2% and modestly reformed its exchange-rate system. This was no earth-shattering event, but financial markets responded as if a meteorite had struck More...

Berkeley Economics and Political Science Prof. Barry Eichengreen: The Promise and Peril of Macroprudential Policy

MONTEVIDEO – Central bankers continue to fret about frothy asset markets – as well they should, given the financial crisis of 2008-2009. Having been burned once, they are now doubly shy. And China’s More...

Berkeley Economics and Political Science Prof. Barry Eichengreen: Saving Greece, Saving Europe

BERKELEY – Whatever one thinks about the tactics of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s government in negotiations with the country’s creditors, the Greek people deserve better than what they are being More...

Professor Barry Eichengreen On Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Berkeley Economics and Political Science Prof. Barry Eichengreen and Domenico Lombardi: China the Responsible Stakeholder

Come to Asia and you will hear a growing chorus of concern that China is building a sphere of influence in the region. To promote Chinese foreign investment, there is the Asian Infrastructure Investment More...

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