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WITGT21 Interviews

The mission of this interview series is to talk to elite economists and ask them what is their views on the evolutions of macroeconomics since the Great Recession. We would introduce some of the new macroeconomics ideas which top economists are pondering in the last ten years. Hopefully, this should give us a good survey on how much macroeconomics, as a science, as the basis of policy tools, has improved (or worsened) since 2008.

What have economists learned from the Great Recession? What else can we try? Does Inequality have a role in Macro of the 21st Century? Does Debt have a role in Marco of the 21st Century? Does Politics have a role in Macro of the 21st Century?

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What is Neo-Fisherian and FTPL? | Q&A with John Cochrane |

Cochrane discusses with us his view on the development in Macroeconomics since the Great Depression. He also explains what Neo-Fisherian and Fiscal Theory of Price Level are, and why they are important for understanding the current economic situation around the world.

Understanding the Great Recession | Q&A with Larry Christiano |

Following our discussion on post-2008 Macroeconomics developments and the importance of DSGE models in part I of the interview, we asked Prof. Christiano about one of his recent and important research paper "Understanding the Great Recession". What does his model tell us about the Great Recession? Does labor participation rate have a role in the developments of the Great Recession? These are the questions we've discussed with Prof. Christiano, and he has some great answers.
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The model you should use to explain Macroeconomics to your Mum | Q&A with...

>Professor Olivier Blanchard further explained the role empirical research on DSGE models, how to teach undergraduates macro after the Great Recession, and his research on hysteresis.

A Macroeconomic Earthquake | Q&A with Larry Christiano

In this interview, Prof Christiano shared his view on the development of post-2008 academic macroeconomics. We’ve asked Prof Christiano does he agree that modern macroeconomic models are too complicated for the general public, or even policymakers and if he agrees that economic models should be “simpler”. Does he think the recent revival of ISLM model a “good trend”? Should Macroeconomists hang on their faith in DSGE models? Should they explore alternative paths?

How to Maintain Prosperity for All | Q&A with Roger Farmer |

In this interview, Prof. Farmer explains to us: Why are multiple equilibria modeling better compared to the standard unique equilibrium model? Why should "belief" be an important component to macroeconomic modeling? Why should central banks consider stock market intervention in stabilizing the employment markets?

Economics Rules – Why Economists do it with Models | Q&A with Dani Rodrik

Rodrik tells us that good economists think in terms of models, and there are major differences between models and theory. He also comments on macroeconomists quest on finding the "one true model" on the business cycle,

How to use Interest on Reserve for Inflation Targeting? | Q&A with Ricardo Reis...

This is the eighth installment of our interview series “Where is the General Theory of the 21st Century?”In this installment, we continue our talk with Professor Ricardo Reis, A.W. Phillips Professor of Economics at...

Why the Fed should Keep a Sizeable Balance Sheet? | Q&A with Jeremy...

Former Fed Governor Jeremy Stein explain to us his recent research “The Federal Reserve's Balance Sheet as a Financial-Stability Tool” coauthored with Robin Greenwood and Samuel Hanson.

How Household Debt affect the Global Business Cycles | Q&A with Atif Mian |

In this installment of the interview, Professor Mian explains the major findings in his recent research paper "Household Debt and Business Cycles World Wide" and the important implications of that paper.

How the Game of Bank Bargains Created the Financial Crisis? | Q&A with Calomiris...

Welcome to the latest installment of our interview series “Where is the General Theory of the 21st Century?”“Where is the General Theory of the 21st Century?” is an interview series which we ask top...