Jesús Fernández-Villaverde

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Billion-Dollar Strawman

by Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Protesters have been accusing Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos of being, well, rich. But he’s made the rest of us richer too.

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How Much Is Amazon Worth To You?

by Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, Lee Ohanianvia The Hill
Sunday, September 6, 2020

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and owner of about 11 percent of Amazon stock, recently became the first person in history to be worth more than $200 billion. Bezos’s net worth has skyrocketed as Amazon’s share price increased about 85 percent since February, before the pandemic.


How Sweden Overcame Socialism

by Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, Lee Ohanianvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Nearly half of millennials say they prefer socialism to capitalism, but what do they mean? “My policies most closely resemble what we see in the U.K., in Norway, in Finland, in Sweden,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told “60 Minutes.” Yet Sweden’s experiment with socialist policies was disastrous, and its economic success in recent decades is a result of market-based reforms.

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Housing Policy Reform: Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

by Lee Ohanian, Jesús Fernández-Villaverdevia Hoover Institution
Monday, October 29, 2018

California is ranked forty-ninth in housing affordability. According to Zillow, the median home value in California in July 2018 was $541,800, compared to the national median price of $218,000, which is a premium of about 150 percent over the national average. Only Hawaii and Washington, DC, have higher median home values than California.

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The Rise Of Cryptocurrencies

by Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, Daniel R. Sanchesvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 29, 2018

The threat of competition from private monies imposes market discipline on the government.

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U.S. Needs A President Who Understands Benefits Of Free Trade

by Lee Ohanian, Jesús Fernández-Villaverdevia Investors Business Daily
Monday, April 4, 2016

Donald Trump claims his negotiating skills are far better than those of any other candidate, and that these skills will allow him to achieve much better economic and political deals than anyone else.

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European Economic Errors for the U.S. to Avoid

by Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, Lee Ohanianvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, December 29, 2014

The story of the Continent’s moribund economy began long before the European Central Bank was founded.