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Lawrence Summers

Column - Inequality is about more than money: Summers

Jun 09 2014

NEW YORK With Thomas Piketty’s book, "Capital in the 21st Century", rising to number one on best-seller lists, inequality has become central to the public debate over economic policy.

COlumn: The lessons from Obamacare's flawed Web launch

Nov 11 2013

As the president has recognized, the failure of his administration to deliver a functioning website that Americans can use to enroll in Obamacare represents an inexcusable error. Having succeeded after more than a century of failed efforts in achieving the progressive dream goal of legislating universal health insurance in America, it is tragic to be falling short on the mundane task of allowing Americans to actually enroll in the healthcare exchanges. Even if the goal of getting the health insurance exchanges working by November 30 is achieved, and this cannot be regarded by objective observers as a certainty, a shadow has been cast on the core competence of the federal government.

Beyond the budget impasse

Oct 14 2013

This month Washington is consumed by the impasse over reopening the government and raising the debt limit. It seems likely that this episode, like the 1995-96 government shutdowns and the 2011 debt limit scare, will be remembered mainly by the people directly involved. But there is a chance future historians will see today's crisis as the turning point where American democracy was shown to be dysfunctional — an example to be avoided rather than emulated.

Column: Beyond the budget impasse

Oct 13 2013

This month Washington is consumed by the impasse over reopening the government and raising the debt limit. It seems likely that this episode, like the 1995-96 government shutdowns and the 2011 debt limit scare, will be remembered mainly by the people directly involved. But there is a chance future historians will see today's crisis as the turning point where American democracy was shown to be dysfunctional - an example to be avoided rather than emulated.

Column: The Corporate Tax Reform Debate Needs to be Resolved

Jul 07 2013

No one is satisfied with the U.S. corporate tax system.

Column: The lessons of Reinhart-Rogoff

May 06 2013

The economics commentariat and no small part of the political debate in recent weeks has been consumed with the controversy surrounding the work of my Harvard colleagues (and friends) Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff (RR).

Column: The lessons of Reinhart-Rogoff - Lawrence Summers

May 05 2013

The economics commentariat and no small part of the political debate in recent weeks has been consumed with the controversy surrounding the work of my Harvard colleagues (and friends) Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff (RR).

COLUMN - The growth challenge: Summers

Feb 11 2013

After the U.S. economy grew at a rate of 1.5 percent over the four quarters of 2012, the Congressional Budget Office projected last week that it will under current law grow at only 1.4 percent during the calendar 2013 and that unemployment will rise during the year.

COLUMN-This election, Obama is the wiser economic choice - Summers

Oct 29 2012

NEW YORK, Oct 29 Even as our politicians disagree on a great deal, most experts can agree on the objectives of economic policy. The next president will not have succeeded in the economic area unless he accomplishes three things:

Column: Why the UK must reverse its economic course - Lawrence Summers

Sep 17 2012

NEW YORK It is the mark of science and perhaps rational thought more generally to operate with a falsifiable understanding of how the world operates.

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