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Hosted by David Beckworth of the Mercatus Center, Macro Musings is a podcast which pulls back the curtain on the important macroeconomic issues of the past, present, and future.

Macro Musings with David Beckworth Mercatus Center at George Mason University

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Hosted by David Beckworth of the Mercatus Center, Macro Musings is a podcast which pulls back the curtain on the important macroeconomic issues of the past, present, and future.

    Michael Strain on Averting the Looming Debt Ceiling Disaster

    Michael Strain on Averting the Looming Debt Ceiling Disaster

    Michael Strain is the Director of Economic Policy Studies and the Arthur F. Burns Scholar in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute and is a returning guest to Macro Musings. Michael rejoins the podcast to talk about the looming debt ceiling crisis and his recent article on the issue titled, *Averting a Debt-Ceiling Disaster.* David and Michael specifically discuss the background, history and recent events leading up to the current crisis, how to impose fiscal discipline in a low interest rate world, solutions the US government could pursue, and more.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here.
     
    Michael’s Twitter: @MichaelRStrain
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    *Averting a Debt-Ceiling Disaster* by Michael Strain  
     
    *House Republicans Prepare Emergency Plan for Breaching Debt Limit* by Jeff Stein, Leigh Ann Caldwell, and Theodoric Meyer
     
    *Extraordinary Measures* by the Bipartisan Policy Center

    • 47 min
    John Roberts on Macroeconomic Modeling at the Fed, Makeup Policy, and the Future of FAIT

    John Roberts on Macroeconomic Modeling at the Fed, Makeup Policy, and the Future of FAIT

    John Roberts is a 36-year veteran of the Federal Reserve Board and mostly recently was the Deputy Associate Director in the Division of Research and Statistics, overseeing the board’s domestic macroeconomic modeling efforts. From 2017-2019, John also served as a special advisor to Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard, where his responsibilities includes preparation of speeches, providing advice on monetary policy, macroeconomic forecasting, and regulatory attending FOMC meetings. John joins Macro Musings to talk about his time at the Fed, macroeconomic modeling at the institution, his work on the zero lower bound, and current Fed policy. Specifically, David and John also discuss the art of interpreting the Fed’s Summary of Economic Projections, the future of modeling for policymakers at the Fed, the state of FAIT at the central bank, and a lot more.
     
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    *Monetary Policy in a Low Interest Rate World* by Michael Kiley and John Roberts
     
    *Monetary Policy Strategies for a Low-Rate Environment* by Ben Bernanke, Michael Kiley, and John Roberts
     
    *Unconventional Monetary Policy According to HANK* by Eric Sims, Jing Cynthia Wu, & Ji Zhang

    • 55 min
    Paul Tucker on *Global Discord: Values and Power in a Fractured World Order*

    Paul Tucker on *Global Discord: Values and Power in a Fractured World Order*

    Paul Tucker is a 33-year veteran of the Bank of England, where among other positions, he served as both a member and deputy governor of the Monetary Policy Committee. Currently, Paul is a research fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard. He is also a returning guest to the podcast, and rejoins Macro Musings to talk about his new book, *Global Discord: Values and Power in a Fractured World.* Specifically, David and Paul also discuss China’s push for reserve currency status, how to sell international legitimacy to the general public, the geopolitical advantage of trade deals, and much more.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here.
     
    Paul’s Harvard profile
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    *Global Discord: Values and Power in a Fractured World Order* by Paul Tucker
     
    *Unelected Power: The Quest for Legitimacy in Central Banking and the Regulatory State* by Paul Tucker
     
    *Quantitative Easing, Monetary Policy Implementation, and the Public Finances* by Paul Tucker
     
    *Biden Needs Allies to Keep China and Russia in Check. Here’s How to Do it.* by Sebastian Mallaby

    • 58 min
    Victoria Guida on Developments at the Federal Reserve and in Financial Regulation

    Victoria Guida on Developments at the Federal Reserve and in Financial Regulation

    Victoria Guida is an economics reporter for Politico where she covers monetary policy and financial regulatory policy. Victoria is also a returning guest to Macro Musings, and she rejoins the podcast to talk about the big developments at the Fed and in the financial regulatory policy space in 2022 and what we can expect in 2023. Specifically, David and Victoria discuss personnel changes and trading scandals at the Fed, the debate surrounding Fed Master Accounts, how to improve the liquidity of the Treasury market, and a lot more.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here.
     
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    *Victoria Guida on the Politics of Monetary Policy* by the Macro Musings podcast

    • 55 min
    Martin Chorzempa on China’s Cashless Revolution and the Rise of Super Apps

    Martin Chorzempa on China’s Cashless Revolution and the Rise of Super Apps

    Martin Chorzempa is a senior fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics and is the author of a new book titled, *The Cashless Revolution: China’s Reinvention of Money and the End of America’s Domination of Finance and Technology.* Martin joins Macro Musings to talk about this book as well as the history of Chinese fintech development, the basics of super apps in China, challenges to the Chinese fintech revolution, and more.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here.
     
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    *The Cashless Revolution: China’s Reinvention of Money and the End of America’s Domination of Finance and Technology* by Martin Chorzempa
     
    *Letter From Apple Supplier Foxconn’s Founder Prodded China to Ease Zero-Covid Rules* by Keith Zhai and Yang Jie

    • 59 min
    Heather Long, Ryan Avent, and Cardiff Garcia on Pandemic Reflections and Economic Predictions for the Future

    Heather Long, Ryan Avent, and Cardiff Garcia on Pandemic Reflections and Economic Predictions for the Future

    For this special end of the year edition of Macro Musings, Heather Long, Ryan Avent, and Cardiff Garcia rejoin the podcast to reflect on the biggest economic surprises and stories of the past few years, while giving their outlook and predictions for the future. Heather Long is an editorial writer and columnist for the Washington Post, Ryan Avent is the trade and international economic editor for the Economist Magazine, and Cardiff Garcia is a veteran journalist for the Financial Times and NPR as well as the host of the New Bazaar podcast and the co-founder of Bazaar Audio. Specifically, this returning panel of guests discuss the major economic themes throughout the pandemic, the most overrated and underreported stories that have dominated the headlines over the past few years, what issues are primed for prominence within the next decade, and a lot more.  
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here.
     
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    Heather’s Washington Post profile
    Heather’s Twitter: @byHeatherLong
     
    Ryan’s Economist profile
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    Cardiff’s Twitter: @CardiffGarcia
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    *Measuring Monetary Policy: the NGDP Gap* by David Beckworth
     
    *Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China* by Hal Brands and Michael Beckley
     
    *David Beckworth on the Facts, Fears, and Functionality of NGDP Level Targeting* by the Macro Musings Podcast
     
    *Ryan Avent, Cardiff Garcia, and Heather Long on Lessons from the Great Recession* by the Macro Musings Podcast

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

js22345 ,

Great podcast on Macro

Really good guests and conversations that you don’t get to hear in many other places (perhaps even nowhere else).

Econ postgrad at LSE ,

Excellent macro podcast

Hands down the best macroeconomics podcast produced today. David and his guests do an excellent job of taking often wonkish topics and discussing them in very approachable way. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in macro, central banking and monetary policy.

London-Richard ,

ex City Fund Manager

Great opportunity to hear from some substantial macro thinkers. David Beckworth is always on the ball, teasing out the speakers background with his well briefed questioning. Each new issue makes my morning walk on Wimbledon Common a even better experience.

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