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Barry Eichengreen

For Barry Eichengreen's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Oct 15, 2013

The dollar and the U.S. debt ceiling

Sane governments don't default by choice — especially when they're privileged with issuing the global currency. We are about to find out whether the U.S. still has a sane government.

Jun 19, 2013

Lessons of a Greek tragedy

Had Greece quickly written down its debt burden by two-thirds in the first half of 2010, it could have gotten its economy moving again in no more than a year.

Aug 23, 2012

A summer reading list for eurozone leaders

In August, Europeans head for the beach. The continent shuts down on the assumption that nothing of consequence will happen until everyone returns, suitably tanned, in September. Never mind the subprime crisis of August 2007 or, closer to home, the European monetary crisis of ...