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J. Bradford DeLong
By J. Bradford DeLong - Apr 30,2020
BERKELEY – On April 23, 2020, the United States crossed the threshold of 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, making it the world’s worst-hit region. The US has half the population of continental Europe, but three-quarters as many daily deaths.I am not an epidemiologist.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Mar 26,2020
BERKELEY – Even to US President Donald Trump’s most ardent critics, his administration’s disastrous response to the COVID-19 pandemic has come as a surprise.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Feb 23,2020
BERKELEY — Back in September 1994, the Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman actually wrote about one of US President Donald Trump’s current nominees to serve on the Federal Reserve’s seven-member Board of Governors.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Jan 08,2020
BERKELEY — I was not surprised when leading Democratic primary contenders began endorsing a “wealth tax” along the lines of what has been proposed by my University of California, Berkeley, colleagues Gabriel Zucman and Emmanuel Saez.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Dec 10,2019
BERKELEY — Since 1900, human technology and organisation have been evolving at a blistering pace. The degree of change that occurs in just one year would have taken 50 years or more before 1500.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Oct 02,2019
BERKELEY — I recently received an email from my friend Mark Thoma of the University of Oregon, asking if I had noticed an increase in commentaries suggesting that a recession would be a good and healthy purge for the economy, or something along those lines.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Aug 18,2019
BERKELEY — Global superpowers have always found it painful to acknowledge their relative decline and deal with fast-rising challengers. Today, the United States finds itself in this situation with regard to China.
By J. Bradford DeLong - May 27,2019
BERKELEY — Will the imminent “rise of the robots” threaten all future human employment? The most thoughtful discussion of that question can be found in MIT economist David H.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Mar 28,2019
BERKELEY — The next global downturn may still be a little way off. The chances that the north Atlantic as a whole will be in recession a year from now have fallen to about one in four. German growth may well be positive this quarter, while China could rebound, too.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Feb 10,2019
BERKELEY — For the past decade, politics in the Global North has been in a state of high madness owing to excessive fear of government debts and deficits.



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