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Is Unemployment Worse than it Appears?
July 31, 2014
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
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.
Book Launch: Inside the Euro Crisis
June 11, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
In a Peterson Perspectives video interview, Simeon Djankov discusses Inside the Euro Crisis: An Eyewitness Account, his newly published memoir recounting the successes and failures of euro area crisis management.
The ECB Acts, but More Action Is Needed
June 6, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Angel Ubide says the European Central Bank's packages of monetary measures are a step in the right direction, but more must be done to counter excessively low inflation in Europe.
The ECB Acts to Counter Deflation Threat
June 5, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard assesses the package of monetary stimulus steps by the European Central Bank, saying they fell short of what markets expected but that they could prove effective.
IMF to the Rescue in Ukraine?
May 2, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Douglas A. Rediker says the International Monetary Fund's approval of $17 billion for Ukraine unlocks other aid, but the country faces challenges as it is threatened with possible dismemberment.