Daniel Altman

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Can Anything Save the Ruble?

Woe to Russian consumers who like Swiss watches with their Italian suits -- or even furry Australian boots with their Chinese disposable fashion. The ruble ...

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Can China’s Central Bank Ever Be Independent?

Eventually, it seems, the pressure was just too much. The governor of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), Zhou Xiaochuan, and his colleagues didn't want ...

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Apply the Rigor of Investing to Foreign Aid

With the midterm elections barely over in the United States, attention has inevitably shifted to the 2016 presidential contest. Hillary Clinton, the bookies' favorite, is ...

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This Is Not Your Father’s Stock Market

Do you know who Haruhiko Kuroda is? He's the man who's been selling happy pills to Wall Street for the past couple of weeks, causing ...

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Divided, We Stand

Today's midterm election in the United States holds forth the very real prospect that both houses of Congress will fall into Republican hands for the ...

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The Dark Side of Dilma

Close elections in corrupt countries stink. Sure, it's great to see a peaceful transfer of power, especially when the numbers are on a knife-edge. But ...

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The Canary in China’s Central Bank

How quickly will China follow through on the ambitious package of economic reforms its government adopted last November? With quarterly growth in the country's output ...

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When the Petrodollars Run Out

It's good to be Vladimir Putin these days. The Russian president can jerk most European countries around without fearing the consequences, thanks to their dependence ...

COLUMN

Is Syria a Pay-to-Play Conflict?

Just a few months ago, hardly anyone was clamoring for American involvement in Syria. The drumbeat of casualties in the country's civil war had become ...

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About Daniel Altman

Daniel Altman teaches economics at New York University's Stern School of Business and is chief economist of Big Think.

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