Michael J. Boskin

For Michael J. Boskin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jan 21, 2014

A Dutch cure for the Dutch disease

When a country like the Netherlands, which built one of the world's most expansive welfare states in the 1960s and '70s, reverses course to reduce welfare dependency and to restore work incentives, it is worth noting.

Dec 2, 2013

Why Chile prospers and Argentina flounders

Tale of two economies: Argentina should learn from its Western neighbor, Chile, and a new administration in Chile should look across the Andes, recognize where its proposals risk taking the country, and change course before it is too late.

Mar 27, 2010

Finance and trade tremors

PALO ALTO, Calif. — With the American and global economies in the early stages of postrecession recovery, serious questions remain about that recovery’s strength and sustainability. In addition to traditional business-cycle concerns, there is a long list of policy tensions threatening to curb growth, ...

Jul 29, 2009

Balance sheets key to an economic recovery

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Early signs of a manufacturing rebound, already strong in Asia, lend hope for some modest recovery from today’s deep global recession. But a strong and durable economic expansion is unlikely until progress is made in dealing with the toxic assets ...

May 31, 2009

Obamanomics gets warning flag

PALO ALTO, Calif. — It is still too soon to gauge the full economic impact of U.S. President Barack Obama’s implemented and proposed policies, but a preliminary read indicates limited short-term benefit at large long-term cost. The administration is exploiting a crisis atmosphere to ...