Michael J. Boskin

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

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 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 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.

Reader Mail 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

Art 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 ...