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A weekly podcast on key economic issues, hosted by EconoFact’s Executive Editor Michael Klein. EconoFact is a non-partisan publication designed to bring key facts and incisive analysis to the national debate on economic and social policies. It is published by the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

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A weekly podcast on key economic issues, hosted by EconoFact’s Executive Editor Michael Klein. EconoFact is a non-partisan publication designed to bring key facts and incisive analysis to the national debate on economic and social policies. It is published by the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

    Kathryn Dominguez on the Strong Dollar, and Why It Matters

    Kathryn Dominguez on the Strong Dollar, and Why It Matters

    The U.S. dollar recently traded at par with the euro for the first time in almost 20 years, and the dollar now buys more British pounds than at any time since the mid-1980s. While the strength of the dollar is good for American tourists in the U.K. and the Eurozone and for those in the U.S. purchasing imports from those countries, it presents challenges for American exporters and has other disruptive effects for the world economy.  Why is the dollar so strong? What are the implications for the U.S. and other countries? In the face of these currency swings, does it make sense to reconstitute a fixed exchange rate system in order to promote greater macroeconomic stability? EconoFact Chats welcomes Kathryn Dominguez of the University of Michigan to discuss these issues.



    Kathryn is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Michigan. She is also a member of the panel of economic advisors at the Congressional Budget Office, and is on the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. 

    • 21 min
    Dan Sichel on Measuring and Understanding Inflation

    Dan Sichel on Measuring and Understanding Inflation

    Inflation erodes purchasing power, but the reported inflation rate can mask very different experiences across groups of people. For example, the current rapidly rising rents and food and energy prices hit lower-income households harder since they spend a higher proportion of their income on these items. Dan Sichel discusses the measurement of inflation and how the single, headline statistic may not fully reveal the range of effects across income groups or categories of goods and services.  



    Dan is a professor at Wellesley College. He recently served as Chair of a National Academies panel that wrote the report “Modernizing the Consumer Price Index for the 21st Century”. He also worked at the Federal Reserve Board for over 20 years.

    • 19 min
    The Economics of Infant Formula Shortages

    The Economics of Infant Formula Shortages

    The pandemic has resulted in supply chain disruptions, and goods shortages across multiple industries. But few shortages have caught the public’s attention like that of infant formula. Kadee Russ of UC Davis joins EconoFact Chats to discuss some of the structural reasons behind this shortage, focusing on the role of regulation, the power of lobbying, the role of advertising, and the impact of trade restrictions.



    Kadee also highlights what good government policy for ensuring the supply of infant formula might look like.



    Kadee Russ is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California at Davis.

    • 15 min
    Jeffry Frieden on the Plateauing of Globalization

    Jeffry Frieden on the Plateauing of Globalization

    Looking from the early 2000s, the rise in international trade and financial flows seemed almost inexorable. Yet, political opposition to greater integration grew significantly over the past decade. This opposition intensified with the pandemic, which led people to question how dependent they should be on other countries for supplies of essential goods.



    What does this growing opposition portend for the future of globalization? And how does it play out in the political sphere in the U.S. and in other countries? To discuss these issues, EconoFact Chats welcomes back Jeffry Frieden of Harvard University. 



    Jeff is a Professor and Chair of the Government Department at Harvard University.

    • 25 min
    Eswar Prasad on China's Economic Rise, and Its Current Economic Challenges

    Eswar Prasad on China's Economic Rise, and Its Current Economic Challenges

    China's economic rise -- which brought hundreds of millions of its citizens out of poverty, and drove about one quarter of global GDP growth over the past two decades, has been among the most consequential events of the past century.



    However, like many countries, China's economy today faces deep challenges. To discuss some of these challenges, as well as the drivers of China’s growth over the past decades, EconoFact Chats welcomes back Eswar Prasad of Cornell University.



    Eswar is the Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

    • 23 min
    High Inflation: Causes, Consequences and Policy Responses

    High Inflation: Causes, Consequences and Policy Responses

    The Pew Research Center reports that the U.S. public now views inflation as the top problem facing the country, by a wide margin. It's not hard to see why. After decades of low and stable inflation, the U.S. economy is witnessing a rate of price increase unseen since the 1970s and 80s. Why is inflation so high? Who does it hurt most? And what are the prospects for it coming down? Karen Dynan of Harvard University joins EconoFact Chats to discuss some of these questions.



    Karen is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. She previously served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

    • 24 min

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