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Peterson Perspectives: Interviews on Current Issues


Institute research staff offer their analyses of current economic and political events in these brief interviews. The views expressed in these interviews are those of the interviewee(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the individual members of the Institute's Board of Directors or its Advisory Committee. We welcome feedback from listeners and encourage you to convey your comments directly to the person interviewed.


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audio China's Credit Squeeze: How Big a Threat?
June 24, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicholas R. Lardy discusses the turmoil surrounding short-term rates in China and says long-term growth, while slowing down, is not threatened.

audio What Do the Brazilians Want?
June 20, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Angel Ubide explains why the protests in Brazil are a reflection of the nation's success in developing a new and demanding middle class.

audio What Do the Turks Want?
June 20, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Caroline Freund says that behind the political issues, Turks are upset about the declining economy and the government's development priorities.

audio Stormy Weather After US-China Summit
June 18, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicholas Borst explains that pledges between Presidents Obama and Xi to cooperate have been undercut by recriminations over cyber espionage.

audio New Dangers of a Debt Ceiling Confrontation
June 11, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Simon Johnson says the economy is growing but that another debt ceiling battle later in 2013 would disrupt the progress.

audio Lingering Prospects for US Financial Reform
June 10, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Simon Johnson says that despite a push back from the financial industry, Congress is taking a close look at increasing capital requirements for banks.

audio Market Volatility in Japan: A Verdict on Abenomics?
June 7, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Adam S. Posen says the market turmoil in Japan may actually be a sign that Prime Minister Abe's economic policies are working.

audio A New US-China Relationship? Part II
May 30, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicholas R. Lardy says the Chinese leadership's stated intention to liberalize the domestic economy could portend important changes sought by the United States.

audio A New US-China Relationship? Part I
May 29, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicholas R. Lardy assesses the outlook for the Obama–Xi Jinping Summit in California on June 6-7.

audio Are Tax Avoidance 'Havens' a Bad Thing? Part I
May 24, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicolas Véron explains why low-tax havens in Europe like Ireland and Luxembourg are a legitimate business model and will be hard to suppress.

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