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Ted Nordhaus on the Nuclear Resurgence

December 1, 2022

The energy security case for nuclear power is building. (photo: Istock/ yangna)

After decades of being shrouded in suspicion and controversy, nuclear energy is emerging as a viable clean alternative to oil and gas. The war in Ukraine has turned post-pandemic energy shortages into a full-blown energy crisis and nuclear power plants across Europe that were destined to close will continue to operate. Ted Nordhaus is the Executive Director of the Breakthrough Institute, which looks for technological solutions to environmental problems. Nordhaus and coauthor Juzel Lloyd published an article titled Nuclear Resurgence, in the December edition of Finance and Development. In this podcast. Nordhaus discusses the benefits of nuclear energy with Journalist Rhoda Metcalfe. Transcript

Ted Nordhaus is the Founder and Executive Director of the Breakthrough Institute.

Justin Wolfers on the Social Contract

November 30, 2022

Justin Wolfers says the pandemic forced a degree of reinvention that none of us ever imagined. (photo: University of Michigan)

Events of the last three years have made life difficult on many levels for millions of people around the world. And while expecting more support from social and financial institutions during hard times is nothing new, the recent rise in prices has left people angry and questioning the efficacy of the social contract between the government and its citizenry. Justin Wolfers is a Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the University of Michigan. In this podcast, he says there has never been a better time to reinvent- for the first time in decades perhaps centuries, the institutions that foster social cohesion. Transcript

Watch the webcast of the Social Contract in Times of Crises Annual Meetings seminar.

Justin Wolfers is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and a visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney.

Women in Economics: Seema Jayachandran: Change Attitudes Change Lives

November 25, 2022

Seema Jayachandran says tackling the smaller problems can have a big impact on lives. (photo: courtesy of Seema Jayachandran)

Economic progress improves lives, but it can also clash with some of the bigger development problems we face, like gender equality and the environment. Seema Jayachandran believes striking that balance is key to making economic development work for everyone. Jayachandran’s research has helped change gender attitudes in India’s schools, and conserve climate-critical forests in Uganda. Seema Jayachandran is a Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. In this podcast, Jayachandran talks about her work with journalist Rhoda Metcalfe as part of a special IMF series on extraordinary Women in Economics. Transcript

Seema Jayachandran is a Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and serves on the board of directors of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab as Chair on Gender.

Philip Lane on the Nature of Europe’s Double-Digit Inflation

November 17, 2022

Philip Lane, ECB Chief Economist says energy shock is behind Europe’s 10.7% inflation rate. (IMF photo)

Inflation is high virtually everywhere, but what’s pushing prices to record levels in Europe is not necessarily what’s fueling inflation in the United States. The European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve share a common problem and similar financial tools to fight it, but Europe’s supply-dominated inflation and America’s mostly demand-dominated inflation require slightly different approaches. Philip Lane is Chief Economist for the European Central Bank. In this podcast, he says finding the “sweet spot” between fiscal and monetary policies will allow for continued support to vulnerable Europeans hard hit by high energy prices and double-digit inflation, while not further straining public finances. Transcript

Philip Lane participated in the IMF Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference. Watch the Webcast at

Philip Lane is Chief Economist and Member of the Management Board at the European Central Bank.

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Wenjie Chen on the Latest Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa

November 3, 2022

Wenjie Chen says sub-Saharan African economies are fragile, yet resilient. (IMF photo)

Economic outlooks don’t come easy in the current environment but the latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa proved to be particularly challenging. Its title Living on the Edge tells part of the story but in this podcast, economist Wenjie Chen walks us through the research behind the new report. Chen is a deputy head in the Regional Studies Division and part of the team of macroeconomists who dissect regional trends to come up with key priorities for policymakers. Transcript

Wenjie Chen is Deputy Division Chief in the African Department’s Regional Studies Division.

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