Financial-Stability QE Can Appreciate the Exchange Rate

By Alessandro Rebucci and Sinem Yagmur Toraman Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, CEPR and NBER Johns Hopkins University, Economics Department On Wednesday September 28, 2022 the Bank of England announced a short-term Gilt purchase program to bail out the UK pension system. The 30-year yield tanked, UK pension funds were rescued, and, quite surprisingly, the […]


Has the US started to import inflation from Asia? by Melih Firat

Over the last 12 months, inflation has increased 5.4 percent in the US. Stoked by a leap for energy prices and a hefty 4.3 percent rise for core inflation. Throughout most of U.S. post-war history core goods price increases, on average rose at a much slower pace than services prices. Not so over the past […]


Some Simple Term Structure Arithmetic

Robert J. Barbera and Jonathan H. Wright We’ve written two pieces recently on Treasury yields amid the COVID recovery.  Wednesday’s  release of the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee’s Survey of Economic Projections is an opportunity to review where ten yields are, and where they may be headed. The median FOMC participant projects a funds rate […]


Beware of Seasonal Adjustment

By Kevin Heerdt and Jonathan H. Wright Economic data released by the government and other entities are being distorted by normally acceptable statistical methods. The extreme economic data that are coming out raise important issues of seasonal adjustment. Of course, there is no questioning the fact that the economic data are bad in an unprecedented […]


China’s 2018 Economic Slowdown: Much Worse than the Official Tally

By Robert Barbera and Yingyao Hu Our nighttime illumination estimate for 2018 Chinese growth, 4.2%, is roughly one third weaker than the Chinese official claim of a 6.5% climb for real GDP. In December of last year we introduced a new measure for China’s real income gains. The unique aspect of our effort reflects our […]


China’s Slowdown: More There than Meets the Eye

By Bob Barbera and Yingyao Hu. If there isn’t light in the 21st century world – or at least not as much light as economic statistics would suggest there should be – then something may be amiss. In China, that appears to be the case. And that suggests that there has been a sharp deterioration […]


CFE blog gets some notice

This blog has recently been listed on the Intelligent Economist’s list of the Top 100 economics blogs.


Women and careers in economics and finance

Friday, May 4th, 2018, the CFE together with the Economics Department launched the inaugural meeting of the “Women and Careers in Economics and Finance” lunch series. Our first speaker in the series was Meghan McGee, Partner at the Baltimore-based private-equity firm Camden Partners. Meghan first delved into the details of what exactly a private equity […]


Faust to give the Félix Neubergh Lecture

On Oct. 12, Prof. Jon Faust will be giving the Félix Nuebergh Lecture in Gothenberg, Sweden. The topic will be “The Role of Macroeconomic Policy Analysis in the Great Inflation, Great Moderation and Great Recession.” Preview: Macroeconomists now see the period since around 1960 as a succession of Greats: the Great Inflation, Great Moderation, and […]


Genetics and Investment Returns

Fortune magazine is featuring exciting new genetic research by Johns Hopkins researchers. This might not seem so surprising, but we’re pretty sure it’s a first that the genetic research comes from the Economics Department and concerns investment behavior. Assistant Professor Nick Papageorge (by general consensus the coolest person on our faculty) along with two of […]


JHU Student Solomon Polansky Publishes on Currency Pegs

Solomon Polansky, ’19, is a mechanical engineering major and varsity fencer. This past summer, instead of just poking around (as fencers are wont to do), Solomon had an internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. While at the Fed, he and Douglas Clement co-authored an interesting piece on currency pegs and why they don’t […]


Capital controls for Russia?

“The main lesson from international experience is that controls on capital outflows can work—but only if they are associated with a credible policy plan addressing the underlying cause of the confidence crisis.” Olivier Jeanne, of the Center and Peterson Institute, has an interesting op-ed in the Dec. 23 Financial Times arguing that capital controls may […]