Lawrence H. Summers
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Lawrence H. Summers is the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University. He served as the 71st Secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton and the Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama.

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Australia Plus America Should Equal Canada

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 4:00 AM

The persistent sluggishness in the global economy and rising inequality in both the United States and Australia requires us to reject the policies of austerity and instead adopt an agenda of inclusive prosperity -- where public investments designed to improve equality also lift growth.

Yet just as...

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The World's New Health Goal Will Need Game-Changing Health Technologies

(8) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 10:33 AM

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for everyone at any age is a tall order, particularly if the aim is to achieve this by 2030. Yet this is the mandate of the third Sustainable Development Goal (SDG3), one of a set of 17 global goals designed to guide development priorities...

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Now Is the Time to Rebuild Our National Infrastructure

(217) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 9:35 AM

Are you proud of New York's John F. Kennedy Airport? It's a question I ask nearly every audience I speak to these days. JFK, after all, is the largest entry point for foreign visitors arriving in what sees itself as the greatest city on earth.

To a person, I've never...

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The Economic Case for Extending Unemployment Insurance

(1215) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 10:20 AM

The lapse in extended unemployment insurance benefits at the end of May has resulted in 2.5 million jobless Americans exhausting their assistance. If we do not reinstate benefits by the end of the month, this number will grow to 3.2 million. These losses are exacting an enormous human toll on...

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The Auto Industry a Year Later

(265) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 4:09 PM

What a difference a year makes. Just about a year ago, the American auto industry was on the brink of collapse. Today, General Motors announced that it has repaid its $6.7 billion loan to the U.S. government a full five years ahead of schedule, and Chrysler announced that, after taking...

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Relief for Middle Class Families

(747) Comments | Posted April 15, 2010 | 4:45 PM

One of the central economic challenges that candidate and then President Obama identified was that, even before the recent economic crisis, middle class families had faced nearly a decade of stagnant wage growth, while the cost of things like paying our health care and for the education of our children...

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