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A Breakthrough on Trade
November 21, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Cathleen Cimino explains why a new technology agreement with China and a compromise over India’s food subsidies has revived the Obama administration’s trade agenda.
Were European Bank Stress Tests a Whitewash?
October 29, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Morris Goldstein lists many shortcomings of the comprehensive assessment of banks in Europe, which he says would have found major banks lacking capital if more rigorous standards had been applied.
A Post-Electoral Test for Brazil’s Economy
October 29, 2014
Barbara Kotschwar explains that President Dilma Roussef of Brazil, reelected in a close race, must now try to revive the economy while continuing policies to help the poor.
Europe Turns against France
October 10, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard and Nicolas Véron discuss France's confrontation with the European Union over the French failure to meet its commitments on fiscal consolidation.
A Step Forward on Sovereign Debt
October 7, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Anna Gelpern assesses the International Monetary Fund's proposals for debt agreements aimed at averting disputes like the one that has plagued Argentina and its creditors.
Why Wage Rates are Stagnating Despite Falling Unemployment
September 23, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
David G. Blanchflower discusses his research with Adam S. Posen demonstrating that lower jobless rates are masking the problem of people outside the official labor force who are still looking for work.
Battle to Save the Export-Import Bank
September 17, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
C. Fred Bergsten explains why the US Export-Import Bank is essential to a successful US trade strategy—and what might be done to limit export subsidies worldwide.
Scotland: To Secede or Not to Secede?
September 11, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Adam S. Posen assesses the dangers to Scotland, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the world economy if Scotland decides to break away from the United Kingdom in a referendum on September 18.
Game Change for France?
August 26, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicolas Véron assesses the latest cabinet shakeup by President François Hollande, who appears more determined to carry out structural reforms to accelerate economic growth.
Is Unemployment Worse than It Appears?
July 31, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
William R. Cline says the decline in labor participation, which some say has occurred because workers are discouraged from seeking jobs, is largely due to the retirement of the "baby boom" generation.