The Hoover Institution Press released Puzzles, Paradoxes, Controversies, and the Global Economy, a wide-ranging collection of essays by author Charles Wolf Jr., senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution and distinguished chair in international economics at the RAND Corporation. The author shares his timely insights on the world’s economies – including those of China, Japan, Korea, Indian and the United States – while taking a close look at the paradoxes and puzzles within China’s political economy and in its interactions with the United States.
“Ranging across topics as diverse as income inequality, energy policy, and foreign aid, Charles Wolf distills complex economic arguments into compelling prose while linking them to broader geopolitical currents,” said former secretary of state and national security adviser Henry A. Kissinger.
The essays, first published between 2007 and 2014, appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Weekly Standard. Wolf offers his views on economic inequality and where its principal sources may truly lay, China’s currency and the continuing controversy about whether and when it may become a major international reserve currency, and many more insights on key economic issues affecting the global economy. Each chapter of the book includes a brief “postaudit” in which the author attempts to grade how well or ill the essay seems in retrospect (something that's unprecedented in collections of previously published work).
“Puzzles, Paradoxes, Controversies, and the Global Economy is Charlie Wolf at his best. On a breathtaking array of subjects, from China’s growth to macroeconomic theory and policy, from geopolitics to public debate over decline and inequality, Wolf is always insightful and stimulating, usually provocative, often contrarian,” stated Hoover senior fellow Michael Boskin. “Read from cover to cover or separate chapters one at a time, you are in for fresh perspectives on vital and timeless issues.”
Bringing these essays together for the first time in a single volume, the book enables the reader to absorb the author’s expert perspective during the years in a collection in which the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.
Charles Wolf Jr. is a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He holds the distinguished chair in international economics at the RAND Corporation and is a professor of policy analysis in the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
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