Michael J. Boskin

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

Sep 29, 2014

Criminalizing policy rifts

Criticism of policy decisions should not be allowed to curdle into the hateful vitriol that demeans so much public discourse today. Words have consequences and can inflame thuggery or worse.

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.

Apr 22, 2012

Keep the wrecking ball at bay

I like Tokyo Tower. I will get used to the Tokyo Sky Tree (public opening due May 22), but for now I feel more for the familiar graceful lines and the more humane proportions of the older tower. It is an architectural icon, and ...

Take a break from reality at Roppongi Art Night

Mar 16, 2012

Take a break from reality at Roppongi Art Night

At one end of town there will be a young girl in a polka-dot dress standing some 10 meters tall. At the other, a team of large yellow mice will host a festival complete with portable shrines. Tokyo’s Roppongi district is a spectacle at ...

Nov 7, 2011

Wrong timing by the Euro-skeptics

For Britain’s Euro-skeptics, the current eurozone crisis has an air of inevitability and opportunity. The crisis validates their view of the single currency as a straitjacket forcing disparate economies into an unworkable union. “We told you so”, crow Britain’s anti-European politicians, goaded on by ...

Oct 18, 2011

Economic trouble in China

The decision of China’s sovereign wealth fund to buy shares of four of the country’s biggest banks is a warning signal. The move to prop up the plummeting value of those institutions is intended to boost confidence; instead, it has highlighted the many unknowns ...