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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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Email: mfeldstein@harvard.edu
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2009 (continued)

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June 30, 2009

"Will carbon cap-and-trade incite protectionism?"

Op-Ed, The Korea Herald

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

"There is no easy answer to this problem. But before rushing to impose tariffs, it is important to remember that cap-and-trade policies would not be the only government source of differences in competitiveness. Better roads, ports, and even schools all contribute to a country`s competitiveness."

 

 

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June 28, 2009

"The Fed must reassure markets on inflation"

Op-Ed, Financial Times

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

"The simplest explanation for the higher 10-year rate is that many investors now expect inflation to rise. Although economic weakness and excess capacity are keeping current inflation low, the explosive rise of bank reserves created by Fed policy provides fuel for future inflation. The prospective decline of the dollar is also a potential source of inflation."

 

 

June 2, 2009

"Has a recovery really begun in U.S.?"

Op-Ed, The Korea Herald

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

Although the American economy is continuing to decline, it is no longer falling as fast as it was at the beginning of the year or in the weeks after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008. In that sense, it is reasonable to say that the worst of the downturn is now probably behind us.

 

 

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June 1, 2009

"Cap-and-Trade: All Cost, No Benefit"

Op-Ed, Washington Post

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

"The Obama administration and congressional Democrats have proposed a major cap-and-trade system aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Scientists agree that CO2 emissions around the world could lead to rising temperatures with serious long-term environmental consequences. But that is not a reason to enact a U.S. cap-and-trade system until there is a global agreement on CO2 reduction. The proposed legislation would have a trivially small effect on global warming while imposing substantial costs on all American households. And to get political support in key states, the legislation would abandon the auctioning of permits in favor of giving permits to selected corporations."

 

 

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May 13, 2009

"Tax Increases Could Kill the Recovery"

Op-Ed, Wall Street Journal

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

"It's not too late for Mr. Obama to put these tax increases on hold. If he doesn't, Congress should protect the recovery and the longer-term health of the U.S. economy by voting down this enormous round of higher taxes."

 

 

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April 28, 2009

"Deflation to erode business confidence"

Op-Ed, The Korea Herald

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

The most direct adverse impact of deflation is to increase the real value of debt. Just as inflation helps debtors by eroding the real value of their debts, deflation hurts them by increasing the real value of what they owe. While the very modest extent of current deflation does not create a significant problem, if it continues, the price level could conceivably fall by a cumulative 10 percent over the next few years.

 

 

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April 19, 2009

"Inflation is looming on America’s horizon"

Op-Ed, Financial Times

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

"The potential inflationary danger is that the large US fiscal deficit will lead to an increase in the supply of money. This inevitably happens in developing countries that do not have the ability to issue interest-bearing debt and must therefore finance their deficits by printing money. In contrast, when deficits do not lead to an increased supply of money, the evidence shows that they do not cause sustained price increases."

 

 

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April 4, 2009

"China’s Recovery and Global Growth"

Op-Ed, The Korea Herald

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

China is likely to be the first of the major economies to recover from the current global downturn. Its pace of expansion may not reach the double-digit rates of recent years, but China in 2010 will probably grow more rapidly than any country in Europe or in the western hemisphere.

 

 

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April 4, 2009

"Geithner's Bank Plan Is a Good Start"

Op-Ed, Wall Street Journal

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

The Treasury's primary plan is to induce private investors to buy pools of such high-risk mortgages from the banks. Individual banks will offer pools of mortgages for sale. Private investors -- including pension funds, insurance companies, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds -- will bid for each mortgage pool in an auction. The total purchase price for each pool will be financed by a combination of the private investor's equity, an equal amount of Treasury equity, and private loans guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

 

 

March 25, 2009

"A Deduction From Charity"

Op-Ed, Washington Post

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

President Obama's proposal to limit the tax deductibility of charitable contributions would effectively transfer more than $7 billion a year from the nation's charitable institutions to the federal government. But the high-income taxpayers affected by the rule change are likely to cut their charitable giving by as much as the increase in their tax bills, which would, ironically, leave their remaining income and personal consumption unchanged.

 

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