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Simon Johnson

Former Chief Economist for the IMF

Simon Johnson appears in the following:

International Community Urges U.S. to Raise the Debt Ceiling

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Congress must act to raise the debt limit by Thursday or risk putting the federal government into default. The international community continues to ring the alarm over a U.S. default....

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We've Run Up the National Debt Before — But It's Different This Time

Thursday, December 13, 2012

As the United States teeters on the edge of the fiscal cliff, Simon Johnson, professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and former chief economist at the International Monetary Fun...

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The National Debt, and Why It Matters

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Simon Johnson explains the national debt—where it came from and what it means to you and to future generations. In White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You he and co-author James Kwak argue that if we persist on our current course, the national debt will reduce the number of jobs, lower living standards, increase inequality, and force a reduction in government services.

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"Debt and Dumb"

Monday, October 17, 2011

Economists Simon Johnson and James Kwak discuss their article “Debt and Dumb,” in the November issue of Vanity Fair. They argue that today’s Tea Party is a betrayal of the foundation of American fiscal policy as established by Alexander Hamilton and has nothing in common with the Boston uprising it claims to honor. Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the Treasury, believed that good credit, based on the power to tax, is essential to a nation’s security.

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BoA, QE2, EU: What To Do?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal and author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street and Washington, and Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund and co-founder of the blog The Baseline Scenario, discuss some of the big economic stories in today's news. The Fed's program known as QE2 is coming to an end -- did it work? Bank of America is planning to pay $14 billion back to investors who lost money on mortgage deals gone bad -- is it enough? And what's going on in Greece, exactly?

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Backstory: The IMF

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The hunt is on for a new head of the International Monetary Fund as the organization still tries to manage both global economic troubles and sovereign debt crises. On today’s first Backstory segment, we’ll take a look at the history of the IMF, criticisms of it, and its difficult tasks in today’s economic climate. We’ll be joined by Simon Johnson, Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT and former Chief Economist for the IMF.

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U.S. Debt Outlook: Downgrade to Negative

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

[S&P doesn't] have a lot of credibility left after totally blowing all major calls of the past decade...The chance that the United States would not pay its debts after more than 200...

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Downgrade to Negative

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund and professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, talks about why Standard & Poor's downgraded the outlook for U.S. debt to "negative" and how that factors into the ongoing battle over the national debt. Washington Post Economic Policy Reporter reporter Lori Montgomery joins the conversation to talk about how the S&P rating might change the political landscape of debt in Washington.

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Is it the End of the Dollar's Era?

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The world leaders of the G20 are meeting later this week, and there are a lot of ideas afloat on how to reorganize world currency (gold standard, anyone?). Simon Johnson, former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund, helps us examine the notion that the U.S. dollar may not remain at the top of the heap forever.

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US, World Markets Jittery

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Stock markets around the world seemed jittery yesterday: The Dow Jones industrials dropped briefly below 10,000 before making up most of their loss. Since a recent high in April, the Dow has dropped nearly 12 percent. What does this number indicate about our economy? Is the market the end-all-be-all measurement of how our economy is doing?

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13 Bankers

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Simon Johnson, professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a senior fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, gives an account of recent U.S. financial history and the showdowns between American democracy and Big Finance. In 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown, ...

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Tracking Fiscal Policy

Monday, July 27, 2009

Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the IMF and co-founder of The Baseline Scenario, a Web site tracking the ongoing financial crisis, discusses the return of Goldman Sachs, the latest on bank reform, consumer protection, and other fiscal policy.

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Biden Gives the Stimulus Plan an A+. Grade Inflation?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Vice President Joe Biden is in charge of implementing the White House’s $787 billion economic stimulus package. In his first quarterly accounting to President yesterday, he gave the ...

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Is the Stress-Test Good Economics or Just Good PR?

Friday, May 08, 2009

The Federal Reserve yesterday released the long-awaited results of the “stress tests”. The report gave nine of the nation's largest banks a clean bill of health, and told ten others t...

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Former IMF chief economist on the state of the U.S. economy

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

As the G-20 meets in London, one of the main issues at hand are economic reforms. A piece, The Quiet Coup, in the May issue of The Atlantic paints an unhappy picture of the U.S. econ...

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March (Economic) Madness

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and co-founder of The Baseline Scenario blog, focuses on a different facet of the economic crisis each week in March. ...

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Bonus Time

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The March 25th deadline looms large for the MTA. Richard Ravitch, head of the Ravitch Commission, talks about why he stands by his MTA rescue plan despite opposition in the State Senate. Also, WNYC's Beth Fertig on the hot-button issues of mayoral control. Plus, March weekly guest Simon Johnson explains ...

March (Economic) Madness

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and co-founder of The Baseline Scenario blog, focuses on a different facet of the economic crisis each week in March. ...

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March (Economic) Madness

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and co-founder of The Baseline Scenario blog, focuses on a different facet of the economic crisis each week in March. ...

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Kids These Days

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Acceptance (and rejection) letters for area private schools recently went out, but how is the economic climate factoring into parent's decisions? And, March weekly guest Simon Johnson explains some of the more confusing economic phenomena. Plus, Rufus Griscom on how "literate smut" leads to urban parenting.

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