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Advances in artificial intelligence have spawned a spirited debate about the future of man’s relationship to machines and the potential to change the character of human existence as we know it. We sat down with Joel Mokyr, Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and professor of economics and history at Northwestern University, to discuss how we should think about artificial intelligence (AI) in the evolution of technology and what it could mean for both the economy and society.
We sat down with Jean-Claude Trichet, the Honorary Governor of Banque de France and former President of the European Central Bank, to discuss the durability of the European Union in the wake of growing terrorist threats, political upheaval, and the stunning French elections. Mr. Trichet played a central role in Europe’s response to the financial crisis and is highly regarded as an experienced and thoughtful observer of euro area and European challenges.
New home construction lags previous economic cycles and appears to be shifting away from single-family housing to multifamily rental units. Is this due to a lack of financing for new construction specific to this cycle or to underlying demographics, labor market dynamics, land use and availability, or to behaviors and preferences, especially among millennials that impact demand? To get a perspective on these questions, we spoke with Donald H. Layton, chief executive officer of Freddie Mac.
Rising immigration and insecurity have historical precedents; what is new is America’s divided politics and waning optimism.
Students are demanding public impact as well as high quality learning from the top universities.
The rise of Trump, Brexit and Black Lives Matter highlight how networks are upending traditional hierarchies and institutions.
The extraordinary monetary policies applied by European central banks are working at cross purposes.
American security has improved significantly since 9/11, but the fight against ISIS is overregulated and under resourced.
The Fed’s impending interest rate missed the long window of opportunity and now ignores signs of weakness in the global economy.
Reducing inequality requires policies that spread the benefits of growth as well as account for emotional well-being.
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