Inaction on Healthcare Prices is the Fatal Flaw that Dooms the ACHA to Failure

Inaction on Healthcare Prices is the Fatal Flaw that Dooms the ACHA to Failure

photo: Tax Credits Republican reformers have repeatedly promised affordable healthcare for all Americans — doubly affordable, in fact. They promise to put premiums and out-of-pocket costs within reach of low- and middle-income consumers, and at the same time, that the plan will be affordable to the federal budget, even given the constraints their most conservative members […]

Le Pen-ization of France: Europe’s Changing Landscape

Le Pen-ization of France: Europe’s Changing Landscape

photo: Dennis Jarvis In France, President Hollande’s utter failure to foster broad consensus for structural reforms has paved the way for the most contested election in decades. While public debate focuses on the 2nd round winner, the real story is that Marine Le Pen’s agenda has already shifted the French political landscape. In recent polls, the […]

The Emerging Market Economies and the Appreciating Dollar

The Emerging Market Economies and the Appreciating Dollar

photo: Chris Palmer U.S. policymakers are changing gears. First, the Federal Reserve has signaled its intent to raise its policy rate several times this year. Second, some Congressional policymakers are working on a border tax plan that would adversely impact imports. Third, the White House has announced that it intends to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure projects. How all these measures affect […]

Colombia: Getting Peace, Getting Growth

Colombia: Getting Peace, Getting Growth

Colombia is a country of incredible contrast: known to be one of the places on earth where people feel happiest, it is also one of the most unequal and for many decades, a country immersed in a protracted conflict. Despite the latter – and here is the starkest contrast – Colombia has recently succeeded in […]

Italy’s Predicament is Europe’s Predicament

Italy’s Predicament is Europe’s Predicament

photo: Elliott Brown Durand and Villemot (2016) examine two nncreasingly likely Eurozone scenarios – a single country exit and the complete breakup – concluding that while both scenarios should be taken seriously, their consequences should not be exaggerated. In particular, in the case Italy were to leave the euro – the scenario I will henceforth call […]

Will Ryancare Prevent a Healthcare Death Spiral?

Will Ryancare Prevent a Healthcare Death Spiral?

photo: Washington State House Republicans On March 6, the Republican House leadership finally released a draft plan for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Although only a draft, it has already earned the name of “Ryancare.” As this is written, with the ink not yet dry, influential Republicans are already calling it a “framework […]

Accelerating Reform Execution in China

Accelerating Reform Execution in China

photo: Thomas Depenbusch After political consolidation, China is ready to begin a broader implementation of structural reforms. That is vital to double per capita income in 2010-20. After President Xi assumed office in fall 2012, Chinese leadership has steadily moved toward more comprehensive structural reforms. As evidenced by the recent Two Sessions in Beijing, these reforms […]

Are Rising Interest Rates Really Good for Banks?

Are Rising Interest Rates Really Good for Banks?

photo: Brook Ward As the stock market soars to one record high after another, analysts do not hesitate to tell us why. One popular explanation is that expectations of higher interest rates are pushing up the stocks of banks and other financial companies  (example). Yet not so long ago, the same analysts were telling us that […]

The Mist of Central Bank Balance Sheets

The Mist of Central Bank Balance Sheets

Central banks of large advanced and many emerging market economies have recently gone through a period of extraordinary expansion of balance sheets and are all now possibly facing a transition to less abnormal times. However, the fact that one group is comprised by global reserve issuers and the other by bystanders receiving impacts of the […]

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