Peterson Perspectives: Interviews on Current Issues
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Audio recordings of Peterson Perspectives interviews with Peterson Institute for International Economics research staff, analyzing current economic and political events.
||CleanHard Brexit, Soft Patch?||Jacob Funk Kirkegaard and Jeromin Zettlemeyer discuss the implications of the UK government’s apparent push for a hard break with the European Union, a path they say will weaken the British economy further barring unlikely political shifts that restrain or undo Brexit.||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChina's Reliance on State-Owned Enterprises Poses Growth Risks||Nicolas R. Lardy says China has made progress in making its economy less reliant on exports but worries about the increasingly dominant role of state-owned enterprises (SOEs).||10/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlanchard Discusses Policy Tools for Low-Growth Environment||Olivier Blanchard discusses the need for a greater emphasis on fiscal policy to take some of the burden off central banks in dealing with weak economic growth across rich nations.||9/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFintech Holds Promise, Challenges for Regulators||Simon Johnson says rapid technological change in finance, in part based on blockchain technology used in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, could reshape the monetary system in fundamental ways.||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrump Trade Proposals Could Sink Economy||Marcus Noland discusses a newly released PIIE Briefing analyzing the economic pain to the US economy that would occur if Donald Trump were to implement his trade proposals as president. Also discussed are the lost opportunities from Hillary Clinton’s trade stance.||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon’t Underestimate What Trump Could Do||Gary Clyde Hufbauer examines a long history of precedents of presidents invoking various legal statues, particularly those involving war powers, to show that as president Donald Trump could implement his trade agenda unilaterally long before any legislative or judicial challenges occur.||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEurope Migrant Crisis Drives Wedge between West and East||Simeon Djankov says the European Union's decision to divert substantial funds away from Eastern Europe and toward the general migration budget could further distance eastern EU members from richer counterparts in the West.||9/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFed Unlikely to Raise Rates in September Meeting||David J. Stockton says some central bank officials are still appropriately concerned about an inflation rate that has consistently fallen short of the Federal Reserve’s 2 percent target.||9/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNorth Korea Ratchets Up Tensions||Marcus Noland discusses the regional and international implications of North Korea’s latest nuclear test, which he says represents a worrisome escalation.||9/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEU Looks for Bite of Apple's Irish Taxes||The European Commission has ordered Apple to pay up to $14.5 billion in taxes. Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Jacob Funk Kirkegaard debate whether the accusation that Ireland gave the firm illegal and preferential state aid stands up to broader scrutiny.||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUneasy Calm at Fed’s Jackson Hole Conference||Adam S. Posen says the mood at the annual Economic Policy Symposium sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which he attended in late August, reflected widespread concern about the Fed's ability to fight the next economic downturn. The Fed chair, Janet Yellen, sought to calm nerves at the conference but left many participants uneasy about continued slow growth in the United States.||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrazil’s Economic Malaise Rekindled as Olympic Flame Goes Out||Monica de Bolle outlines the tough economic challenges facing Brazilian acting President Michel Temer now that the Olympic games are finished and Dilma Rousseff's long-anticipated impeachment is official.||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Is Brexit Causing Trouble for Italy’s Banks?||Nicolas Véron says Italy’s banking problems have been simmering for quite some time and that fears associated with Brexit and controversial efforts by the Italian authorities to rescue domestic banks have further complicated the issue.||7/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrexit Sets Dangerous Precedent||Adam S. Posen says the United Kingdom’s decision to sever ties with the European Union will hurt the economy and could have frightening implications for rising anti-immigrant populism around the world.||6/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFed Taking More Cautious Approach||Joseph E. Gagnon says Federal Reserve officials are warming to the view that the risks of raising interest rates too soon are much larger than those of holding monetary policy steady for a while longer.||6/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
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