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Peterson Perspectives: Interviews on Current Issues

English, Economic, 1 season, 15 episodes
Peterson Institute research staff offer their analyses of current economic and political events in brief interviews. The Peterson Institute for International Economics is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy. The views expressed in these interviews are those of the interviewee(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the individual members of the Institute's Board of Directors or its Advisory Committee. We welcome feedback from listeners and encourage you to convey your comments directly to the person interviewed.
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Should the United States Sanction Venezuelan Oil?

Monica de Bolle argues that sanctioning Venezuela’s oil company PDVSA will worsen the country's humanitarian crisis but will likely not change President Nicolas Maduro's behavior.
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Coalition Agreement Is Germany’s and Europe’s Best Bet

Jeromin Zettelmeyer and Jacob Funk Kirkegaard argue that there is reason to be optimistic that a government coalition of Merkel's Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats could work on reforms with French president Emmanuel Macron.
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Fixing China's Financial Credit System

Hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens still use costly informal credit where they lack access to a formal financial system. Martin Chorzempa says that Chinese officials should work with private companies to improve the rules around sharing while protecting consumer data that will provide fair priced loans to Chinese people.
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Trump's 2018 Trade Policy: What to Expect

Chad P. Bown cautions the Trump administration that its unconventional trade policies—such as imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum, and over intellectual property—could lead to conflict with some of the United States’ largest trading partners.
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Talking Down the Dollar

Joseph E. Gagnon and Edwin M. Truman discuss the pros and cons of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s comments perceived as seeking depreciation of the dollar.
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Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Unfair to Whom?

Gary Clyde Hufbauer argues that the criticism of the procedure set up in trade agreements to settle disputes between multinational corporations and states in which they invest is largely unwarranted. There is room for improvements in its procedures and processes, however.
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Is Venezuela Close to Defaulting?

Monica de Bolle argues that Venezuela is giving higher priority to paying its foreign creditors than to the Venezuelan people.
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Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) Are Valuable But Need Strong Regulations

Daniel Heller and Martin Chorzempa believe that policymakers need to create a regulatory framework for initial coin offerings.
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Can the US Spend Like Denmark without Taxing Like It?

At a recent CNN town hall debate between Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, Jacob Funk Kirkegaard questioned the validity of Senator Sanders’ policy proposals to spend like a Scandinavian country while only raising taxes on the wealthiest citizens. In this Peterson Perspectives interview, Kirkegaard discusses Denmark’s effective tax rate where middle class citizens are taxed nearly 50 percent of their income.
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AIG Is No Longer Too Big To Fail

Nicolas Véron says that rescinding AIG’s status as “systemically important” will not lead to financial instability.
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Prime Minister May's Offer on EU Citizens' Rights

Jacob Funk Kirkegaard says Prime Minister Theresa May’s offer to grant EU citizens certain rights in the United Kingdom does not go far enough.
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China's Sovereign Credit Downgrade

Nicholas R. Lardy explains that the downgrade of China’s sovereign credit rating will have minimal economic impact.
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Is Brazil Headed for Another Recession?

Monica de Bolle discusses Brazil’s latest political scandal that has sparked investor panic and thrown markets into turmoil.
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The French Elections: Macron vs. Le Pen

Jacob Funk Kirkegaard and Nicolas Véron discuss the first round of France’s presidential election and its ramifications for the European Union.
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Theresa May Calls Early Election in Britain

Jacob Funk Kirkegaard weighs in on UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to hold a snap election to secure her position as leader of Britain’s Brexit negotiations.