Economic Policy

Policy Responses to the Economic Consequences of Coronavirus

By and ·March 17, 2020
Harvard Kennedy School, and The Fletcher School, Tufts University

The Issue:

Coronavirus presents economic challenges as well as adverse consequences for public health. Interruptions to regular business activity through people sheltering at home, limiting both the supply of workers and the demand for goods and services, coupled with panic in financial markets, almost certainly

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Big-Tech and the Resurgence of Antitrust

By and ·January 28, 2019
Tufts University

The Issue:

In recent years, a number of analysts have increasingly railed against large firms, particularly modern technological giants such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook — calling for such firms to be regulated like public utilities or perhaps broken up as was famously done with Standard Oil over a century ago

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What Tools Does the U.S. Have to Combat the Next Recession? (VIDEO)

By and ·December 12, 2018
Harvard University and George Washington University and The Hamilton Project, Brookings Institution
Excerpt from webinar with Karen Dynan (Harvard University), Jay Shambaugh (George Washington University, and The Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution), and Eduardo Porter (New York Times), October 23, 2018. A collaboration between EconoFact and The Hamilton Project, Brookings.

The Issue:

U.S. fiscal ...
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What Information Does the Yield Curve Yield? (UPDATED)

By ·December 6, 2018
Fletcher School, Tufts University

The Issue:

Forecasting the twists and turns of the economy is difficult. One set of indicators used to gauge where the economy is headed draws on information from financial markets since the yields paid by financial assets reflect the collective market view of the future state of the economy. An inverted yield ...
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No Free Lunches: The Hard Arithmetic of Economics

By ·September 28, 2018
Wellesley College

The Issue:

Key policy initiatives often are presented to the public as providing benefits with no real costs. While sugarcoating may be a useful political strategy, such narratives mask the difficult tradeoffs implicit in many economic policy decisions and the invariable presence of budget constraints. Such promises ...
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