Lawrence Summers

Economic specialization is a feature, not a bug

By Lawrence Summers
July 26, 2011

By Lawrence H. Summers
The opinions expressed are his own.

Reuters invited leading economists to reply to Mark Thoma’s Op-Ed on the “great divide” in economics and will be publishing the responses. Below is Reuters columnist Lawrence Summers’s reply.  Here are responses from Roger MartinAshwin Parameswaran, James HamiltonDean Baker, and a recap of Paul Krugman’s.

Europe’s dangerous new phase

By Lawrence Summers
July 18, 2011

By Lawrence H. Summers
The opinions expressed are his own.

With last week’s tumult in Italian markets, the European financial crisis has entered a new and far more dangerous phase. Where the crisis had been existential for small economies on the periphery of Europe but not systemically threatening to either the idea of European monetary union or to the functioning of the global financial system, it now threatens both European integration and the global recovery. Last week’s drama surrounding bond auctions in Europe’s third leading economy should convince even the most hardened bureaucrat that the world can no longer let policy responses be shaped by dogma, bureaucratic agenda and expediency. It is to be hoped that European officials can engineer a decisive change in direction but if not, the world can no longer afford the deference that the IMF and non-European G20 officials have shown towards European policy makers over the last 15 months.