Lawrence H. Summers, Washington Post

Lawrence H. Summers

Washington Post

Cambridge, MA, United States

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Past articles by Lawrence:

A world on fire: How the G-20 can douse the flames

Three big, bold, realistic ideas for the global economy. → Read More

The moral and legal case for sending Russia’s frozen $300 billion to Ukraine

There would be an elegant justice in transferring Moscow's frozen central bank assets to the nation ravaged by Vladimir Putin's invasion. → Read More

Larry Summers: What the Fed should do next on inflation

On inflation, the Fed has its credibility back. Here's what to do next. → Read More

Curbing inflation comes first, but we can’t stop there

The Fed can't waver on Job 1, but other policymakers need to do their part, too. → Read More

IMF-World Bank meetings are the last stop before a coming economic storm

Global finance ministers need to act now in three key areas to prepare the groundwork for a coming global slowdown. → Read More

My inflation warnings have spurred questions. Here are my answers.

History is not on the side of those who forecast a soft landing for the economy. → Read More

The stock market liked the Fed’s plan to raise interest rates. It’s wrong.

The central absurdity in the Fed forecast is the idea that a super-tight labor market will somehow coincide with rapidly slowing inflation. → Read More

The Fed is charting a course to stagflation and recession

Central to fighting inflation is showing that a new paradigm is in place — and so far, the Fed hasn't been willing to do what's needed. → Read More

On inflation, we can learn from the mistakes of the past — or repeat them

Policymakers have made clear that curbing inflation is a high priority. That's a good first step. → Read More

The Fed’s words still don’t measure up to the challenge of inflation

Wednesday's change in direction was welcome, but we still don't have a monetary policy that fully meets the moment → Read More

IRS reform will generate a lot more revenue than the CBO thinks

The expected score for Build Back Better's tax-compliance efforts is conservative to the point of implausibility. → Read More

On inflation, it’s past time for team ‘transitory’ to stand down

The Fed's and Biden administration's views on rising prices have been overtaken by the facts. → Read More

A triumph for Detroit over Davos

The tax deal will create a more worker-centered economy. → Read More

The banking industry is throwing stones at a key Biden nominee. But it lives in a glass house.

The industry’s desire for sympathetic treatment by government would stand on firmer ground if not for its own form of radicalism. → Read More

We don’t have to fly blind into the next pandemic

Financing pandemic prevention is fundamentally not about aid to other nations but collective investments in global public goods that benefit all nations, rich and poor. → Read More

It’s time for the Fed to rethink quantitative easing

The lessons of Vietnam and Afghanistan are true for economic policy: Sticking to the same approach without considering whether it still makes sense is a recipe for trouble. → Read More

The inflation risk is real

Policy-makers can take satisfaction in how the U.S. economy has weathered the pandemic. But now they need to face the new dangers ahead. → Read More

My column on the stimulus sparked a lot of questions. Here are my answers.

Larry Summers will now take your questions. → Read More

The Biden stimulus is admirably ambitious. But it brings some big risks, too.

Going too big on pandemic relief is better than going too small, but lawmakers need to consider the impact on the Biden administration's hopes to "build back better." → Read More

Trump’s $2,000 Stimulus Checks Are a Big Mistake

Family incomes are not down much from Covid-19, and there is a risk of overheating the economy. → Read More