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October 2, 2017

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Before Maria Puerto Rico Before Maria

My new discussion paper with Greg Makoff on economic and demographic trends in Puerto Rico.

September 27, 2017

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican and U.S. Flags Puerto Rico After Maria: Initial Thoughts on the Fiscal and Economic Implications

Puerto Rico faced immense challenges even before the devastation from Hurricane Maria. Its economy is 15 percent smaller now than it was ten years ago, and the latest high frequency indicators from t…

October 10, 2017

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Update: PROMESA, Population Trends, Risks to the Fiscal and Economic Plan—and Now Maria

A new report from the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), co-authored by Brad W. Setser and Gregory Makoff.

October 26, 2017

Puerto Rico
Tesla installs solar power at children's hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico Repowering Puerto Rico with Solar a Worthwhile Goal, But Harder Than It Sounds

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, there is an opportunity for Puerto Rico to reconstruct its energy infrastructure to be more resilient and efficient. However, if short-term rebuilding is prioritized o…

October 30, 2012

Corporate Governance
Emergency personnel help a resident onto a boat after rescuing her from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey on October 30, 2012 (Adam Hunger/Courtesy Reuters). Hurricane Sandy: A Lesson in Why Governments Really Matter

Grover Norquist, the anti-tax crusader, has famously said that he has no wish to eliminate government, but only to “shrink it to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub.” Americans up and down th…

October 27, 2017

Immigration and Migration
U.S. Border Patrol Agent/Checkpoint The Big Lie: Does DHS Really Have to Deport a Ten-Year-Old with Cerebral Palsy?

President Donald Trump’s flexibility with facts is so often on display that it can become exhausting just trying to correct all the misinformation coming out of his administration. But I have a nomin…

September 13, 2017

United States
Flood Waters at Motiva Port Arthur facility Harvey Lessons for U.S. Export Role: Public-Private Stockpiles

Inventories play a crucial role in oil and gas commodity markets by smoothing out short term dislocations and sudden changes in demand. The historically high inventory levels lingering from the after…

September 5, 2017

Israel
Israeli Foreign Aid to American Jews

It was bound to happen, sooner or later. With the rapid increase over the years in Israel's GDP and in its population, Israel is no longer a poor country that needs the philanthropy of American Je…

November 1, 2012

Climate Change
How Likely Was Hurricane Sandy? How Likely Was Hurricane Sandy?

As the public debate over Hurricane Sandy turns in part from the immediate impacts of the storm to its possible links to climate change, a new theme is emerging: Sandy is not just part of a new norma…