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Inflation

Corporate markups and inflation

Two recent contributions to the debate on whether the post-Covid rise in inflation was “seller-driven” and, if so, how policy should respond.

Climate

COP28: an evaluation

Two interesting commentaries that assess the outcome of COP28, beyond the media headlines.

Economic Science

Economic research at central banks

What are the characteristics of a “scientized” central bank? The case of the Bank of England.

Politics & Economics

Do investors like democracy?

New research on how countries in the process of democratization are associated with higher sovereign debt spreads and equity risk premia than countries with autocratic governments.

Macro

Constructing policy counterfactuals

New research on how to construct policy counterfactuals without committing to a particular model.

Banking

Shadow banks and interest rates

New research on shadow banks in the mortgage market: low interest rates  fueled their surge, high interest rates are boosting their mortgage lending.

Climate

Climate-related migration in the U.S.

How does climate change affects international and domestic migration in the U.S.

Monetary Policy

On the remuneration of bank reserves

Should central banks continue to provide liquidity directly to banks and other financial institutions?

Economics of Information

On effective communication

Interesting new research on a) how ethnic and gender diversity of the FOMC affect receptiveness to monetary policy messaging; b) how lexical inconsistency in corporations’ sustainability reports raises suspicions of greenwashing.

International Economics

Geoeconomics and the dollar

Are sanctions eroding the dollar’s dominance? The empirical evidence and a theoretical model.

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