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Dollar and Sense is a podcast about all things trade. From local ports and markets to international trade and diplomacy, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Dollar and guests explain how our global trading system is built and its effect on our everyday lives.

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Dollar and Sense is a podcast about all things trade. From local ports and markets to international trade and diplomacy, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Dollar and guests explain how our global trading system is built and its effect on our everyday lives.

    What do we know about the Biden administration’s emerging trade policy?

    What do we know about the Biden administration’s emerging trade policy?

    Global trade may not dominate the news in the early days of Joe Biden’s presidency, but it does factor into many of the challenges the United States is currently facing. Mary E. Lovely, a professor of economics at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, joins David Dollar in this episode to discuss the resilience of U.S. supply chains, the potential effects of Biden’s “Buy American” policy, U.S. engagement with China, and other early lessons from the Biden administration’s emerging trade agenda.
    Dollar & Sense is a part of the Brookings Podcast Network. Send feedback to BCP@Brookings.edu and follow us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

    • 28 min
    Could COVID-19 produce a ‘great reset’ for African economies?

    Could COVID-19 produce a ‘great reset’ for African economies?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has set back important progress on education, gender equality, and economic development across Africa, but it has also revealed a continent that is more integrated and acting with greater solidarity than before. Aloysius Uche Ordu, director of the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings, joins David Dollar in this episode to discuss the region’s top priorities for the year ahead and the findings of a new report, Foresight Africa 2021.
    Dollar & Sense is a part of the Brookings Podcast Network. Send feedback to BCP@Brookings.edu and follow us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

    • 30 min
    Moving from contention to cooperation in the trans-Atlantic relationship

    Moving from contention to cooperation in the trans-Atlantic relationship

    President-elect Biden has made it clear that restoring America’s standing with allies will be a priority for his administration. In this episode, Constanze Stelzenmüller explains how the administration can begin to repair the important trans-Atlantic relationship. Stelzenmüller and David Dollar discuss recent tensions between the United States and Europe, a new investment deal between China and the European Union, and how the U.S. and EU can coordinate a common approach toward China.
    Dollar and Sense is a part of the Brookings Podcast Network. Send feedback to BCP@Brookings.edu and follow us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

    • 25 min
    John R. Allen on restoring American leadership in 2021

    John R. Allen on restoring American leadership in 2021

    From technology competition to the global rise of illiberalism, the United States will face numerous foreign policy challenges in the year ahead. John R. Allen, a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and president of the Brookings Institution, joins David Dollar to discuss those challenges and how the new administration can work with America’s allies to meet them.
    Dollar and Sense is a part of the Brookings Podcast Network. Send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

    • 33 min
    Market-based solutions to climate change have failed to deliver

    Market-based solutions to climate change have failed to deliver

    Carbon pricing systems have been celebrated as instruments for combatting climate change, but how effective are they really? David Victor, co-chair of the Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate, joins David Dollar to explain why market-based solutions for addressing climate change have fallen short of their promise. Victor examines how politics have hampered the effectiveness of market policies in key sectors, like transportation and aviation, and the political barriers the Biden administration will need to overcome in order to make real progress on climate change.

    • 24 min
    How can Biden fulfill his ‘Build Back Better’ agenda?

    How can Biden fulfill his ‘Build Back Better’ agenda?

    President-elect Biden will face a myriad of economic challenges when he is inaugurated next month, including a pandemic that continues to spread and unemployment numbers that remain high. Jason Furman joins David Dollar to discuss how this crisis differs from the economic issues Biden faced in 2009, what should be prioritized in a short-term stimulus package and long-term reforms, and to what extent policymakers should worry about the federal debt when designing fiscal relief.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

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John R. Allen on Restoring American Leadership

Rapid, concise, thoughtful overview of the major global challenges, and what the Biden admin can do to address them. Really appreciated the insights.

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The disastrous effects of Trump’s trade policies

Superb discussion of why, every year Trump has been in office, trade deficits have risen, and why so many manufacturing jobs have been lost. Sandra Polaski speaks succinctly about concomitant harmful policies arising from the Department of Labor and the 2017 tax cut legislation, and gives her insights into what Biden’s proposed policies could do to improve the American economy. It is mind-bending to know that Trump has such strong support in Rust Belt states, given the deleterious effects his peculiar 19th-century mercantilist approach to economics has had on these Americans. Good podcast, and informative as always.

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Senator Toomey interview

Excellent interview! Great to know there are still free traders in Republican Party. I was surprised by his candid comments on the shortcoming of USMCA and need to reconsider TTP. I also enjoyed the interview with Senator Portman. How about inviting some Democrats like Senator Warner to give an interview? Keep up the much needed efforts to make economic policy and trade issues understandable to common people.

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