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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.

    Joseph Wang on the Fed’s Impact on Money Markets

    Joseph Wang on the Fed’s Impact on Money Markets

    Joseph Wang is a former senior trader on the open market desk at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York and the author of the book Central Banking 101. He also blogs at fedguy.com and is active on Twitter. Joseph joins Macro Musings to discuss what has happened at the Fed from the operational side, and we consider its implications for money markets. Specifically, Joseph and David discuss recent events from the perspective of the Federal Reserve trading desk, Joseph’s conception of a two-tiered monetary system, continued dollar dominance in global money markets, whether the Fed’s overnight repo facility is truly a temporary facility or trending towards a permanent one, and much more.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings
     
    Joseph’s Twitter: @FedGuy12
    Joseph’s website: http://fedguy.com/
     
    Related Links:
     
    *QE Zombifies Money Markets* by Joseph Wang
    https://fedguy.com/qe-zombifies-money-markets/
     
    *The Gravitational Pull of Zero* by Joseph Wang
    https://fedguy.com/the-gravitational-pull-of-zero/
     
    *RRP At The ZLB* by Joseph Wang
    https://fedguy.com/rrp-at-the-zlb/
     
    David’s blog: macromarketmusings.blogspot.com
    David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth

    • 57 min
    Philippa Sigl-Glöckner on the Debt Brake, German Fiscal Policy, and Full Capacity Utilization

    Philippa Sigl-Glöckner on the Debt Brake, German Fiscal Policy, and Full Capacity Utilization

    Philippa Sigl-Glöckner is the director of the German think tank Dezernat Zukunft, or the Institute for Macrofinance, and was formerly a part of the German Federal Ministry of Finance. Philippa joins Macro Musings to talk about fiscal policy in Germany, as well as her new paper, *A New Fiscal Policy for Germany*. Specifically, David and Philippa discuss the historical context for German fiscal policy, the three big economic challenges for Germany, and how the country can achieve full capacity utilization in the future.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings
     
    Philippa’s Twitter: @PhilippaSigl
    Philippa’s website: http://philippasigl.com/
    Philippa’s Forbes profile: https://www.forbes.com/profile/philippa-sigl-glockner/?sh=383fb0233d30
     
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    *A New Fiscal Policy for Germany* by Philippa Sigl-Glöckner, Max Krahe, Pola Schneemelcher, Florian Schuster, Viola Hilbert, Henrika Meyer
    https://dezernatzukunft.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/A-new-fiscal-policy-for-Germany.pdf
     
    David’s blog: macromarketmusings.blogspot.com
    David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth

    • 48 min
    Jennifer Murtazashvili on Recent Developments in Afghanistan and Lessons for State Capacity Building

    Jennifer Murtazashvili on Recent Developments in Afghanistan and Lessons for State Capacity Building

    Jennifer Murtazashvili is an associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh and directs the Center for Governance and Markets. Jennifer is also an expert on all things Afghanistan, given her experience working there and advising governments and international organizations on issues related to Afghanistan. She also has a new book titled, *Land, the State, and War: Property Institutions and Political Order in Afghanistan*, and joins the show to talk about it. Jennifer and David also discuss the recent developments as well as long-term developments in the country and lessons for state capacity building.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings
     
    Jennifer’s Twitter: @jmurtazashvili
    Jennifer’s University of Pittsburgh profile: https://gspia.pitt.edu/faculty-and-staff/jennifer-brick-murtazashvili
     
    Related Links:
     
    *Land, the State, and War: Property Institutions and Political Order in Afghanistan* by Jennifer Murtazashvili and Ilia Murtazashvili
    https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/land-the-state-and-war/A7B8C98CB24780A3CC0EA1CD265D888A
     
    *Informal Federalism: Self-Governance and Power Sharing in Afghanistan* by Jennifer Murtazashvili
    https://academic.oup.com/publius/article-abstract/44/2/324/1873292
     
    *The Politics of Land Property Rights* by Meina Cai, Ilia Murtazashvili and Jennifer Murtazashvili
    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3393160
     
    *Bring the Afghans to America* by Benjamin Powell and Alex Nowrasteh
    https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/568964-bring-the-afghans-to-america?rl=1
     
    *Inside Afghanistan’s Cryptocurrency Underground as the Country Plunges into Turmoil* by MacKenzie Sigalos
    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/21/bitcoin-afghanistan-cryptocurrency-taliban-capital-flight.html
     
    David’s blog: macromarketmusings.blogspot.com
    David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth

    • 53 min
    Bill Nelson on the Growth of the Federal Reserve

    Bill Nelson on the Growth of the Federal Reserve

    Bill Nelson is a chief economist and an executive vice president at the Bank Policy Institute. Bill previously was a deputy director of the Division of Monetary Affairs at the Federal Reserve Board where his responsibilities included monetary policy analysis, discount window policy analysis, and financial institution supervision. Bill also worked closely with the BIS working groups and the design of liquidity regulations. Bill rejoins David on Macro Musings to discuss his article titled, “I Don't Know Why She Swallowed a Fly,” which looks back at the significant growth of the Federal Reserve, both in its reach and in its size, since the Great Recession of 2007-09. Additionally, Bill and David discuss steps the Fed could take to return to a reasonably sized institution, conducting policy with a light imprint on financial markets.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings
     
    Bill’s SIFMA profile: https://www.sifma.org/people/bill-nelson/
    Bill’s BPI archive: https://bpi.com/tag/bill-nelson/
    Bill’s American Banker archive: https://www.americanbanker.com/author/william-nelson-ab3618
     
    Related Links:
     
    *I Don’t Know Why She Swallowed a Fly* by Bill Nelson
    https://morningconsult.com/opinions/i-dont-know-why-she-swallowed-a-fly/
     
    *Why Do We Need Both Liquidity Regulations and a Lender of Last Resort? A Perspective from Federal Reserve Lending during the 2007-09 U.S. Financial Crisis* by Bill Nelson, Mark Carlson, and Burcu Duygan-Bump
    https://www.federalreserve.gov/econresdata/feds/2015/files/2015011pap.pdf
     
    David’s blog: macromarketmusings.blogspot.com
    David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth

    • 51 min
    Arthur Turrell on Economic Data, Modeling, and the Future of Nuclear Energy

    Arthur Turrell on Economic Data, Modeling, and the Future of Nuclear Energy

    Arthur Turrell is the deputy director at the data science campus for the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS). Arthur is also a former researcher at the Bank of England and a nuclear fusion scientist. He joins Macro Musings to talk about his work at the Bank of England, the future of economic data, and his new book on nuclear fusion titled, *The Star Builders: Nuclear Fusion and the Race to Power the Planet*.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings
     
    Arthur’s Twitter: @arthurturrell
    Arthur’s website: http://aeturrell.com/
    Arthur’s Bank of England profile: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/research/researchers/arthur-turrell
     
    Related Links:
     
    *The Star Builders: Nuclear Fusion and the Race to Power the Planet* by Arthur Turrell
    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Star-Builders/Arthur-Turrell/9781982130664
     
    *Coding for Economists* by Arthur Turrell
    https://aeturrell.github.io/coding-for-economists/intro.html
     
    *Why Software Is Eating The World* by Marc Andreessen
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424053111903480904576512250915629460
     
    *Solving Heterogeneous General Equilibrium Economic Models with Deep Reinforcement Learning* by Edward Hill, Marco Bardoscia, and Arthur Turrell
    https://arxiv.org/pdf/2103.16977.pdf
     
    Princeton’s *Net-Zero America* Project: https://netzeroamerica.princeton.edu/?explorer=year&state=national&table=2020&limit=200
     
    David’s blog: macromarketmusings.blogspot.com
    David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth

    • 52 min
    Kate Judge and Anil Kashyap on How to Improve US Financial Stability

    Kate Judge and Anil Kashyap on How to Improve US Financial Stability

    Kathryn Judge is a professor of law at Columbia Law School and editor of the journal of Financial Regulation. Anil Kashyap is a professor of economics and finance at the University of Chicago and is a member of the Bank of England's financial policy committee. Kate and Anil join David on Macro Musings to discuss their work on the Task Force on Financial Stability that recently released a report on how to improve financial stability in the US. Specifically, they discuss the origins of the Task Force on Financial Stability, the dynamics of the Treasury Market over the past year, why money market funds are still vulnerable despite an evolving set of regulations, the importance of rich and timely data for regulatory bodies and Congress, normalizing a financial stability mandate across regulatory bodies, the outlook of financial stability over the next decade, and much more.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings
     
    Kate’s Twitter: @ProfKateJudge
    Kate’s Columbia Law profile: https://www.law.columbia.edu/faculty/kathryn-judge
     
    Anil’s UChicago profile: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/faculty/directory/k/anil-kashyap
    Anil’s NBER archive: https://www.nber.org/people/anil_kashyap?page=1&perPage=50
     
    Related Links:
     
    Report of the Task Force on Financial Stability:
    https://www.brookings.edu/research/report-of-the-task-force-on-financial-stability/
     
    *Financial Stability Considerations and Monetary Policy* by Anil K. Kashyap and Caspar Siegert
    https://www.ijcb.org/journal/ijcb2002_5.htm
     
    *The Impact of Treasury Supply on Financial Sector Lending and Stability* by Arvind Krishnamurthy and Annette Vissing-Jorgensen
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0304405X15001518
     
    *Reforming the Macroprudential Regulatory Architecture in the US* by Kathryn Judge and Anil Kashyap
    https://voxeu.org/article/reforming-macroprudential-regulatory-architecture-us
     
    David’s blog: macromarketmusings.blogspot.com
    David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth

    • 56 min

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Superb!

This show covers a wide range of economic thought from a diversity of perspective. A wonderful resource for anyone learning or teaching economics and a great way to stay close to the currents of political economy.

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I love this podcast

I’ve been listening since the earliest days, in 2016, and it has been incredibly helpful in nurturing my interest in economics as I finished undergrad and got into the field. The guests have spanned a wide variety of fields in economics, and David asks pointed and interesting questions of all of them. Though he often plays the role of detached interviewer, he’s a capable research economist in his own right and that knowledge comes through.

I have on many occasions referred back to an old episode for a reference. I find I learn as much from these discussions as I would in the same amount of time spent reading academic papers, sometimes more because of the clear explanations offered. The podcast format allows me to learn while driving, biking, doing chores, etc.

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