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What Tattoos Tell Us About the Economy

Author: Peter R. Orszag
Bloomberg View

Peter R. Orszag argues that the rise of tattoos reflects a broader trend of anti-establishmentarianism, and he predicts that tattoos will become even more popular as long as most Americans' sense of opportunity and upward mobility remains limited.

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Op-Ed

Europe's Bargain

Author: A. Michael Spence
Project Syndicate

A. Michael Spence argues that the eurozone has an opportunity to jumpstart economic recovery by relaxing fiscal constraints on the condition that member states use the reprieve to initiate public sector investment and structural reforms.

See more in Europe; Monetary Policy; Budget, Debt, and Deficits

Op-Ed

Born in 1988? Sorry.

Author: Peter R. Orszag
Bloomberg.com

Peter R. Orszag writes that being born 20 years before a time of high unemployment can keep your earnings relatively low—and erode your health and happiness, as well—for a lifetime.

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Op-Ed

Rebooting China

Author: A. Michael Spence
Project Syndicate

A. Michael Spence urges China's leaders to be steady-handed and sensible in their foreign policy and domestic reform agendas so as to maintain the kind of economic stability necessary for complex structural changes to work their way through the Chinese economy with minimal disruption.

See more in China; Financial Markets; Economic Development

Op-Ed

Toward a Progressive Tax Policy

Author: Peter R. Orszag
Bloomberg.com

To address economic inequality in the United States, Peter R. Orszag writes that a progressive consumption tax and an inheritance tax would be more practical than Thomas Piketty's wealth tax.

See more in United States; Tax Policy