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Unconventional thoughts on economic development and globalization

Published: 2018-01-19T11:32:19-05:00


More on distinguishing ideas and interests -- an exchange with Peter Hall


My recent post on ideas versus interests elicited some comments from Peter Hall, my Harvard colleague who has done probably more thinking on this issue than any other scholar I know. With his permission, I am attaching these comments below,...

Has Global Finance Reformed Itself More Than It Appears?


The answer is yes, according to Ilene Grabel in her fascinating new book When Things Don't Fall Apart. I wrote a preface for the book, which is reproduced below. It explains why I liked the book so much. It happens...

Telling interests and ideas apart


A long standing debate in the social sciences is whether behavior is driven by “interests” or “ideas.” The debate is central in political science, where it plays out as an argument between realists and constructivists. It is less well articulated...

My Twitter account has been hacked


In case you read some weird tweets on my @rodrikdani account.... it seems to have been taken over or hacked (as of around 3:30 pm today). The password has been changed and I cannot access it. UPDATE: I have regained...

The Economics Debate, again and again


The debate on the economics profession – its alleged ills and failings -- abates at times, but never ends. A recent piece in The Guardian taking the profession to task for its lack of reform has prompted a response from...

Taking a Crack at Neoliberalism


Here is the back story for my new piece “Rescuing Economics from Neoliberalism,” just out in the Boston Review. I have never been a fan of the term “neoliberal.” It has never been quite clear what it means. Nor is...

What’s Wrong With Our System Of Global Trade And Finance?


That is what John Judis wanted to talk to me about, and we did. This over at TPM is what came out. By the way, Judis' book on populism is great. It makes an important distinction between right-wing and left-wing...

Why Did So Many Cheer Turkey's Democracy While It Was Dying?


Claire Berlinski’s excellent account of the Western (and domestic) observers who cheered on as Turkey was sliding into authoritarianism reminds me of a point I long wanted to make. There was in Erdogan’s early years some reason to be confused...

Prudential regulation, capital controls, and second-best


A usual argument against the use of capital controls as a prudential measure is that it is always better to tackle problems at their source rather than trying to deal with symptoms. This is called the principle of economic targeting...

Trade, redistribution, and social dumping


I just saw this response from Joel Trachtman to my column "Too Late To Compensate Free Trade's Losers." Trachtman argues that "the fundamental problem of winners and losers will not be solved by these changes." I do not disagree. But...