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Martin Feldstein

Martin Feldstein

George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University

Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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Telephone: 617-868-3900
Email: mfeldstein@harvard.edu
Website: http://www.nber.org/feldstein

 

 

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2012 (continued)

April 29, 2012

"The Economy and the Presidency"

Op-Ed, Project Syndicate

By Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University

With the U.S. presidential election a mere six-months away, it's outcome will largely depend on how the economy performs between now and election day, and the public's perception of that performance, writes Martin Feldstein, the George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Belfer Center Board member. "The polls are very close, and voters have not yet locked in their decisions....but the state of the economy is usually the most important determinant of who wins national elections in the United States. And US economic conditions now favor Romney," he writes.

 

 

April 24, 2012

"Everyone Should Pay for Cyber Defense"

Op-Ed, Wall Street Journal

By Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University

The United States is vulnerable to cyberattacks by unfriendly nations and nonstate actors. Attacks through the Internet are now stealing billions of dollars of intellectual property from American businesses. Internet attacks can also bring down such critical infrastructure as the electricity supply, the air-traffic system and the stock market. Congress can and should act to protect us from this widespread and increasing danger.

 

 

April 5, 2012

"Europe Needs the Bond Vigilantes"

Op-Ed, Wall Street Journal

By Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University

Spain's disappointing government-bond auction this week is a sign of things to come: If Europe's debt-bound governments won't get their fiscal houses in order, the bond vigilantes will descend, pressuring them to do so.

 

 

March 20, 2012

"Obama tax rises threaten US recovery"

Op-Ed, Financial Times

By Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University

The recent payroll gains and the declining unemployment rate in the US have raised hopes that the economy will now start growing faster than the tepid 1.7 per cent rate last year. Optimists are expecting growth rates as high as three per cent for this year and next.

 

2011

December 20, 2011

"A Weak Euro is the Way Forward"

Op-Ed, Financial Times

By Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University

The large current account deficits of Italy, Spain and France can be reduced without lowering their incomes or requiring Germany to accept inflationary increases in its domestic demand. The key is to expand the net exports of those trade deficit countries to the world outside the eurozone.

 

 

December 15, 2011

"The Euro Zone's Double Failure"

Op-Ed, Wall Street Journal

By Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University

Martin Feldstetin, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, weighs in on the euro's swift descent.

 

 

November 30, 2011

"Italy can save itself and the euro"

Op-Ed, Financial Times

By Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University

Harvard University economics professor Martin Feldstein argues that Italy is capable of bailing themselves out of the economic crisis without the EC's help.

 

 

October 26, 2011

"The Effect on the U.S. Economy of Changes in Defense Spending"

Testimony

By Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University

Martin Feldstein testifies on defense spending to the Committee on Armed Services of the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

 

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October 24, 2011

"The Tax Reform Evidence from 1986"

Op-Ed, Wall Street Journal

By Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University

Experience implies that the combination of base broadening and rate reduction would raise revenue equal to about 4% of existing tax revenue writes Martin Feldstein.

 

 

October 13, 2011

"How to Stop the Drop in Home Values"

Op-Ed, The New York Times

By Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University

"Both the Obama administration and Republican leaders in Congress have resisted the only real solution: permanently reducing the mortgage debt hanging over America," writes Martin Feldstein. The resistance is understandable, he says, "But failure to act means that further declines in home prices will continue, preventing the rise in consumer spending needed for recovery. As costly as it will be to permanently write down mortgages, it will be even costlier to do nothing and run the risk of another recession."

 
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