Romesh Vaitilingam

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    Imposing high tariffs on imported Russian gas: would it be effective?

Imposing high tariffs on imported Russian gas: would it be effective?

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As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues and many call for a strengthening of sanctions, an alternative to a full energy embargo has been discussed in the form of European Union tariffs on imports of Russian gas. The Initiative on Global Markets surveyed US and European economists to express their views on this proposal. Romesh Vaitilingam writes up the results.

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    Economists discuss the economic fallout of Russia’s war in Ukraine

Economists discuss the economic fallout of Russia’s war in Ukraine

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What are the likely economic consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the responses by the international community? The Initiative on Global Markets surveyed US and European economists in top universities, including LSE’s Christopher Pissarides and Ricardo Reis. They express their views on the potential fallout for the Russian economy, the European economy, the US dollar’s role as an international […]

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    Will the US child tax credit reduce poverty and improve outcomes for children and parents?

Will the US child tax credit reduce poverty and improve outcomes for children and parents?

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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 temporarily increased the value of the child tax credit from $2,000 to $3,000 for children aged 6-16 and to $3,600 for younger children. To date, the Biden administration has been unable to renew the expansion of the child tax credit, amid broad public debate about its effects on child poverty and parental […]

The risks of prolonged higher inflation

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With consumer prices rising at the fastest pace for three decades, what are the risks of prolonged higher inflation as a result of the current stance of fiscal and monetary policy, and what is the likely impact of an easing of supply bottlenecks? Romesh Vaitilingam sums up the views of a panel of US economists on these two issues. […]

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    Will vaccine mandates boost the economy? Economists think so

Will vaccine mandates boost the economy? Economists think so

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A survey explored US economists’ views on President Biden’s vaccine mandates. Will the mandates promote a faster and stronger economic recovery? Romesh Vaitilingam writes that the 42 economists who took part in the survey were unanimous in replying “yes”, with many adding nuanced comments. 

Following the Biden administration’s announcement of its intention to require that anyone at a firm with more […]

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    Will President Biden’s economic stimulus cause inflation? Economists are unsure

Will President Biden’s economic stimulus cause inflation? Economists are unsure

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Amid fierce public debates about the size of the Biden administration’s coronavirus protection and stimulus package, the Initiative on Global Markets Forum (the University of Chicago Booth School of Business) invited a panel of US experts to express their views on the likelihood of the economy ‘overheating’ and causing inflation as a result. Romesh Vaitilingam writes that the survey […]

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    Biden’s relief package should focus on low-income households say expert US economists.

Biden’s relief package should focus on low-income households say expert US economists.

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The first weeks of President Joe Biden’s new administration have seen a focus on getting a large COVID-19 relief and stimulus bill through Congress. Romesh Vaitilingam reports on a new survey of 42 economic experts on the relief proposals, with there being broad agreement that they should focus on relief rather than economic stimulus and that they should target […]

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    Would society be better off were Facebook to divest WhatsApp and Instagram?

Would society be better off were Facebook to divest WhatsApp and Instagram?

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In an international panel of economists, a majority believe the breakup will benefit society, with some differences between American and European panellists, writes Romesh Vaitilingam.

The US Federal Trade Commission and 46 states have brought antitrust cases against Facebook, which could potentially require the company to unwind its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp. The Initiative on Global Markets at the University […]

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    Expert US economists agree that cancelling student debt for those on low incomes is preferable to forgiving it for all.

Expert US economists agree that cancelling student debt for those on low incomes is preferable to forgiving it for all.

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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began there had been ongoing debates over whether the US government should forgive some or all of the outstanding student loans it holds. Romesh Vaitilingam details the results of a survey of 42 US expert economists on student debt: the majority agree that paying off all student loans would benefit those on higher incomes […]

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    How economists view the policy response to the Covid-19 crisis so far

How economists view the policy response to the Covid-19 crisis so far

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A panel of experts discusses the interaction between containment measures and economic activity, and the need for investment to support the medical response to the health emergency, writes Romesh Vaitilingam.

Just two weeks ago, the likelihood of a major US recession as a consequence of the public health challenge was still in doubt. In the past few days, the number […]

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