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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.
BRICS Summit: New Initiatives but Dubious Clout
July 17, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Anders Åslund says Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have little in common except for anti-Western attitudes, and their latest steps are unlikely to increase their economic and political clout.
Record Fine for France's Biggest Bank
July 2, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicolas Véron discusses the ramifications of the $8.9 billion fine on BNP Paribas and why the French government tried to intercede with the Obama administration to soften the blow.
Ukraine-EU Economic Accord Marks a Turning Point
June 27, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Anders Åslund explains why Putin's threats of retaliation against Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia will hurt the Russian economy and its reputation among potential investors.
Can the Ex-Im Bank Be Salvaged?
June 23, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Gary Clyde Hufbauer says that reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, opposed by top Republicans, will require lobbying by governors, mayors, and lawmakers from areas dependent on exports.
The US Supreme Court Upends the World of Sovereign Debt
June 17, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Anna Gelpern explains the impact of a Supreme Court decision rejecting Argentina's argument that it should be allowed to pay its restructured debt without paying the holdout creditors who refused to participate in its debt restructurings over the past decade.