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Macro

A deeper understanding of public debt

Which model to use when studying optimal debt policy? What are the monetary policy trade-offs in an environment of sovereign debt default risk?

Banking

An update on central bank digital currencies

Do we need a central bank issued retail digital currency if we already live in a world of digital money and digital payments?

Books

New and noteworthy books in economics (April)

Our selection for April includes two new books on artificial intelligence and the gig economy; Alan Blinder’s book on his “Lamppost theory”; and a book on EU’s view of Brexit.

Macro

Housing as an asset

New research on housing returns.

Economic Growth

Economists on Russia

De Grauwe, Milanovic, Piketty and al. on Russia’s economic future and inequality.

Economic Science

Ideas, economics and politics

Dani Rodrik explains the difficulty in understanding whether political outcomes and economic policies are driven by interests or ideas.

Economic Science

Modelling behavior in the face of uncertainty

Hansen, Sargent, Farmer and Syll on how to model decision making under uncertainty.

China

The evolving Chinese economy

In 2017 consumer expenditures contributed 58.8 % of GDP growth. Monetary policy transmission is becoming similar to that in advanced economies but will the “machine age” turn China’s large population into a handicap?

Tech

Tech regulation: US vs Europe

The EU and Germany are taking steps to regulate digital platforms but the US is reluctant. What are the issues involved and what are the repercussions of this lack of cooperation on data flows, value chains and cross-border investment.

Macro

Predicting crises

New research on how well are economists forecasting crises and what could constitute an early warning sign.

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