Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and a member of the CBO’s Panel of Economic Advisers. He is a co-founder of The Baseline Scenario.

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Thursday, March 09, 2017
Restore American Democracy — Mobilize Your National Network
Millions of Americans are in despair. They know our democracy is in great peril — from plutocrats, organized groups using dark money to control Congress and ideologues determined to rip up Social Security, Medicare and much more. The law of the jungle is being imposed. We can stop this. We can...
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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Are JPMorgan's Losses a Canary in a Coal Mine?
That sound of shattered glass you’ve been hearing is the iconic portrait of Jamie Dimon splintering as it hits the floor of JPMorgan Chase. As the Good Book says, “Pride goeth before a fall,” and the sleek silver-haired, too-smart-for-his-own-good CEO of America’s largest bank has been turning every television show within reach into a confessional booth.
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Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tax Cuts Move US Closer to Fiscal Crisis
President Barack Obama is receiving congratulations for moving to the center on the tax agreement with Republicans last week. Both sides think they got something: Democrats feel this will nudge unemployment below 8.5 percent in 2012, helping the president get re-elected; Republicans achieved long-standing goals on measures such as the estate tax and think they will get most of the credit for an economic recovery that’s already under way.
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Saturday, July 17, 2010
Treasury Makes A Mistake – Claiming They Are Not Blocking Elizabeth Warren
It's one thing to block Elizabeth Warren from heading the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It's quite another thing to deny in public, for the record, that any such blocking is going on (e.g., see this report ; Michael Barr apparently said something quite similar today).
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Friday, May 21, 2010
Focus On This: Merkley-Levin Did Not Get A Vote
After 9 months of hard fighting, yesterday financial reform came down to this: an amendment , proposed by Senators Jeff Merkley and Carl Levin that would have forced big banks to get rid of their speculative proprietary trading activities (i.e., a relatively strong version of the Volcker Rule.)
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Obama Still Doesn't Get It
Bloomberg today reports President Obama as commenting on the $17 million bonus for Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase and the $9 million bonus for Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, I know both those guys; they are very savvy businessmen, and
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