Archive for the ‘Trade/Foreign Policy’ Category

Gas prices, the dollar, and a warning about the future trade deficit

April 24th, 2015

I enjoyed Neil Irwin’s recent piece of the dynamics between the strong dollar and cheap gas in the US macroeconomy. The issues Neil raises pose both an interesting question and a worrisome caveat. Neil writes that “The giant question for the economy in 2015 was which of these forces [strong $ vs. cheap gas] would prove more… Read more

Check it out, OTE’ers: The Reconnection Agenda is upon us!

April 24th, 2015

Read the intro to my new book, The Reconnection Agenda: Reuniting Growth and Prosperity, over at the WaPo PostEverything. Or better yet, download the whole damn book at let me know what you think. You can buy a hard copy–you know, with paper pages, here. [Here’s the cover, which I think is great, by Anthony… Read more

Me and the TPP

April 8th, 2015

I somewhat embarrassingly change my mind about three times in this (excellent and carefully balanced) piece on the economics, politics, and legal issues invoked by the prospect of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement by Danny Vinik in The New Republic. FWIW, I write this not because I think my personal views matter that much… Read more