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September 4, 2005

China
If it is still a dollar peg, where is the monetary policy flexiblity?

I rarely agree with Steven "trade deficits do not matter" Jen.   His models for G3 exchange rate determination leave out a variable - the pace at which the US is adding to its external debt and its r…

October 7, 2005

China
Speculation on the renminbi to heat up?

It is hardly a secret that the head of China's central bank, Zhou Xiaochuan, favors letting the renminbi appreciate further.  He proposed a bigger revaluation in the summer, but was overruled by …

October 14, 2005

Financial Markets
Are tax breaks for houses at risk?

Last weekend's Los Angeles Times (via the Economist's View) article on Bush's advisory commission made it pretty clear that at least one member of the commission, Charles Rossotti, had  t…

April 3, 2006

China
Grassley-Baucus-Adams? And (another) long rant about the Economist …

The Treasury doesn't want to declare China to be guilty of manipulation.   Picking a fight with one of your biggest creditors isn't smart.  Right now, no one is buying more US debt (China buy…

Grassley-Baucus-Adams?  And (another) long rant about the Economist …

March 10, 2007

Dhananjai Shivakumar: In memoriam

This is a different kind of post – far more personal and far more painful.   Those looking for commentary on the global economy should check back next week. Almost two weeks ago, I learned that my de…

June 28, 2007

China
The Economist still isn’t convinced the RMB is undervalued …

Half a trillion dollars apparently doesn't get the respect it used to. Neither the author of last week’s Economics Focus column nor Morgan Stanley’s Stephen Jen think that the Chinese yuan (or RM…

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May 20, 2008

Immigration and Migration
U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality

After taking a 3 plus month maternity hiatus, I am back and will be posting regularly again. To kick things off, here is a link to a new Independent Task Force report from the Council on Foreign Re…

May 20, 2008

Immigration and Migration
Engage the region, Don’t ignore it

The Task Force report co-chairs, Charlene Barshefsky and General James T. Hill, published an editorial yesterday in the Miami Herald. It lays out the main themes of the report, in particular the call…

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May 27, 2009

Emerging Markets
Too much, or too little

Free exchange is worried that the Obama Administration wants to change too much: WHEN asked my assessment of the government’s handling of the financial crisis, I usually say it is too soon to tell. …

February 16, 2010

South Korea
KORUS FTA: A Strategic Opportunity for Bipartisanship

In an interview with Bloomberg Business Week last Thursday, President Obama stated that he would like to complete pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama, but there’s a catch…