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Dispatches on the Asian Monetary Policy Forum

By Chelsea Vail - July 31, 2014

You have questions about monetary policy: How did bankers become rock stars? What do Fannie and Freddie have to do with South Korean borrowing spreads?

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Could summer camp be the key to world peace?

By Robin Mordfin - July 29, 2014

Could summer camp be the key to world peace? Perhaps. Jane Risen of Chicago Booth is studying Seeds of Peace...

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Economists still think Obama stimulus was a good idea

By Chelsea Vail - July 29, 2014

Was US unemployment lower with the 2009 stimulus than it would have been without it? Did the benefits outweigh the costs?

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What would Mary Poppins say about the SEC?

By Hal Weitzman - July 23, 2014

If you want to understand what causes financial crises, re-watch Mary Poppins (and if you've never watched this 1964 Disney classic, shame on you).

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The last thing the Fed needs is help from Congress

By Michael Maiello - July 16, 2014

Just a day before Janet Yellen took her seat in front of the Senate Banking Committee for more than two hours of questioning, the IGM Panel of Economic Experts took up the question of whether...

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Living with financial globalization: Capital flows

By Steven J. Davis - July 06, 2014

Financial globalization is a double-edged sword for emerging market economies (EMEs).

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Fifty years on, are we still racist?

By Alice G. Walton - July 02, 2014

With the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act this summer, it's hard to believe that the country is in any way still racist—after all, the US has a mixed-race president in office and African-Americans fill high-visibility positions in business, academia, and politics.

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How long run discount rates inform climate change policy

By Robin Mordfin - July 01, 2014

Imagine that carbon emissions are expected to cause $5 trillion in damages by the year 2100. Should we act now, or wait to pay that bill?

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Are patent trolls good for innovation?

By Robin Mordfin - June 25, 2014

What kind of role do patents have to play in technology's future?

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Living with financial globalization: Monetary policy spillovers

By Steven J. Davis - June 24, 2014

My previous post highlights the responsiveness of corporate bond spreads in South Korea to external financial shocks.

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