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Michael J. Boskin
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 26, 2017
The global economy's prospects for 2018
Whether this year's positive economic trends continue in 2018 will depend on a variety of factors, from fiscal and monetary policymaking to domestic politics and regional stability.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 28, 2017
Can Trump turn his presidency around?
U.S. President Donald Trump still has an opportunity to cut taxes, improve U.S. infrastructure, and replace or amend the Affordable Care Act — but he must first learn how to cooperate with Congress.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 16, 2017
Birth of a Trump doctrine?
If the gamble Trump is taking in trying to renegotiate agreements doesn't backfire, it could define a new doctrine for the U.S. role in the world.
COMMENTARY / World
May 2, 2017
The technology policy debate
With governments and citizens already struggling with the consequences of recent innovations — from job displacement to security risks — technology policy is likely to take center stage in the coming decade.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 23, 2016
The problem with politicians as historians
For generations, political leaders have attempted to shape their image. Today, it is U.S. President Barack Obama's turn to attempt to define his legacy.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 25, 2016
Should Britain leave the EU?
If British voters are to make the right choice about remaining in the EU, they will have to cut through the hyperbolic claims being made by leaders on both sides.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 29, 2016
U.S. election and the global economy
The outcome of the U.S. election will have profound consequences for U.S. economic policy, and thus for the global economy.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 30, 2015
New year's resolutions for the global economy
Global growth doesn't promise to be much better in 2016 than it was this year, but policy changes could boost incomes and expand opportunities for people everywhere.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 3, 2015
Making the case for the TPP trade agreement
The Trans-Pacific Partnership would not only bring economic benefits — it would also encourage cooperation in other, more contentious areas.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 27, 2015
What should China do?
China must avoid reverting to greater state control in its effort to get its economy back on track.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 18, 2015
Can the BRICS fulfill their former promise?
The ability of the BRICS countries to develop institutions that support greater economic freedom, with more reliance on market competition and less on government, will likely be the main determinant of their long-term success.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 30, 2015
Is low growth the global economy's new norm?
While no one should expect a return to the pre-crisis boom years, the right government incentives encourage more robust economic growth.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 21, 2014
The next trade breakthroughs
The North American Free Trade Agreement is proof that properly designed free trade agreements spur global growth.
COMMENTARY / World
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.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 3, 2014
Europe may have weathered financial storm, but aging society will need structural reform
Europe may have weathered the financial storm, but elected leaders face a daunting task enacting structural reforms of labor markets, pension systems and taxes to restore growth.
COMMENTARY
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.
COMMENTARY / World
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.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 28, 2013
World watches trans-Atlantic free trade talks
The world watches as negotiations commence between the U.S. and the European Union on potentially the largest regional free trade accord in history.
COMMENTARY / World
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,...
COMMENTARY / World
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 poisoning the balance sheets...

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