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11 Οκτωβρίου, 2016

A Tale of Two Countries: The Rise of Demagogy in Greece and the United States

In an article that was published in the Huffington Post (US edition) on October 10, 2016 I analyze the similarities and differences between the election of Mr. Tsipras as prime minister of Greece in 2015 and the nomination of Mr. Trump as the Republican party's nominee for the US general election in 2016.
14 Σεπτεμβρίου, 2016

The Dreyfus Affair and the Georgiou Affair

In a blog post on this website dated January 15, 2016 and titled “A Shocking Summary Statistic” I had noted that the prosecution of former Greek chief statistician Andreas Georgiou is an indication of the moral bankruptcy of the contemporary Greek ruling class— politicians, economists, civil servants, parliamentarians and the judiciary– in other words, of the members of the Greek “elite” that betrayed the ethical standards of their respective professions or public sector positions.
15 Ιουλίου, 2016

Justice Ginsburg toes the line between law and politics

In a Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post on July 15, 2016 I stated my view about the Editorial Board’s disagreement with Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg’s earlier comments about Mr. Donald Trump.
16 Μαρτίου, 2016

Greece at a critical crossroads: The role of the IMF and Eurozone partners at the intersection of the economic and the migrant crises

In an Op-Ed article that appeared in New Europe on March 15,  2016 I argue that Greece is now at a critical intersection between the continuing economic crisis and the recent refugee crisis.
6 Μαρτίου, 2016

The Bank of Greece Annual Report to Shareholders

On February 25, 2016, and on the occasion of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of the Bank of Greece, Governor Yannis Stournaras delivered a speech on Greece’s recent economic developments and prospects.
25 Ιανουαρίου, 2016

A Journey of Hope to Manhasset, New York

Last week, at a lecture to a high school in Long Island, New York, I received a large number of pertinent questions on the Greek economic crisis, especially for a presentation attended by a younger audience.
15 Ιανουαρίου, 2016

A Shocking Summary Statistic

A common definition of the term "summary statistic" is the information that gives a quick and simple description of the data. In true statistical terms it can include mean, median, mode, minimum value, maximum value, range, standard deviation, etc.
18 Δεκεμβρίου, 2015

US Congress approves 2010 IMF Quota and Governance Reform

On December 18, 2015, after a 5-year delay(!), the US Congress ratified the most important realignment of the IMF governance and structure since the countries of the former Soviet Union joined the organization in the early 1990s.
9 Δεκεμβρίου, 2015

Egypt, Greece and the Arab League

The recent visit to Athens of Egyptian President el-Sisi and the flurry of announcements and press releases regarding the strengthened cooperation between Greece and Egypt reminded me of an incident that took place during my first weeks as a member of the IMF Executive Board.