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Articles from Vol. 2015, No. 2, Summer

Chinese Economy
The NBER's Working Group on the Chinese Economy met in Cambridge on April 10-11. Working Group Director ShangJin Wei of Columbia University and Research Associate Hanming Fang of the University of Pennsylvania organized the conference. These papers...
Cohort Studies
The NBER's Working Group on Cohort Studies met in Cambridge on April 17-18. Working Group Director Dora Costa of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Research Associate Robert Poliak of Washington University in St. Louis organized the meeting....
Conference on the Economics of Aging
The NBER's "Conference on the Economics of Aging" took place in Carefree, Arizona on April 30 and May 1. Program Director David A. Wise of Harvard University organized the meeting. These papers were discussed: * James M. Poterba, MIT and NBER; Steven...
East Asian Seminar on Economics
The NBER, the Australian National University, the Peking University China Center for Economic Research, the ChungHua Institution for Economic Research (Taipei), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Korea Development Institute, the...
Economics of Field Experiments
An NBER conference, "Economics of Field Experiments," took place in Cambridge on April 10-11. Research Associates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of MIT organized the meeting. These papers were discussed: * Judith Gueron, MDRC, "The Politics and...
Environmental and Energy Economics
The NBER's Program on Environmental and Energy Economics met in Cambridge on March 26-27. Program Director Don Fullerton of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Research Associate Matthew E. Kahn of the University of California, Los Angeles,...
How Powerful Are Fiscal Multipliers in Recessions?
In policy and academic discussions of recent years, few topics have generated more interest than fiscal multipliers, which measure how much a dollar of increased government spending or reduced taxes raises output. Indeed, the magnitude of fiscal multipliers...
International Finance and Macroeconomics
In the years since the severe global financial crisis of 2008, (1) macroprudential policies have attracted interest as a potential additional set of tools to complement ordinary monetary policy, a possible means of counteracting financial market excesses...
Multiple Equilibria and Financial Crises
An NBER conference, supported by New York University, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Barry Family Trust, and the University of California, Los Angeles, titled "Multiple Equilibria and Financial Crises" took place in San Francisco on...
Political Institutions and Comparative Development
A great deal of evidence suggests that different patterns of economic development are causally related to differences in economic institutions. Countries that create inclusive and secure property rights and the rule of law grow, while those that do...
Public Economics
The NBER's Program on Public Economics met in Cambridge on April 9-10. Program Co-director Raj Chetty of Harvard University and Research Associate John N. Friedman of Brown University organized the meeting. These papers were discussed: Behavioral...
The 17th Annual CCER-NBER-Tsinghua University Conference on China and the World Economy
The seventeenth annual CCER-NBER-Tsinghua University Conference on China and the World Economy took place at the China Center for Economic Research (CCER) of Beijing University on June 16-19. The conference was jointly organized by Shang-Jin Wei of...
The Economics of Happiness
This emerging field broadens economic analysis by using measures of subjective well-being to help address a core issue in economics--how to make best use of scarce resources--by redefining "best use." It is now more than 40 years since Richard Easterlin...
Understanding the Effects of Early Investments in Children
A growing economics literature is seeking to understand the effects of early childhood influences on later life outcomes. While much recent work explores the effects of health measured at birth, my work and that of others demonstrates the importance...
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