Robert Shiller, Professor of Economics at Yale University and Chief Economist at MacroMarkets LLC, is co-author, with George Akerlof, of Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism.

There is nothing we can do now to compensate for failures to manage risks in the past. But disasters and economic crises can have a silver lining if they spur fundamental innovation by forcing us to think about how to manage risks in the future. >>
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor of Economics and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He is also Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals.

In almost every part of the world, long-festering problems can be solved through closer cooperation among neighboring countries. >>
Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor at Columbia University and a Nobel laureate in Economics. His latest book, Freefall: Free Markets and the Sinking of the Global Economy, is available in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

The consequences of the Japanese earthquake especially the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant resonate grimly for observers of the American financial crash that precipitated the Great Recession. Both events provide stark lessons about risks, and about how badly markets and societies can manage them. >>
Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Harvard University, and was formerly chief economist at the IMF.

Should more countries create independent fiscal advisory councils to infuse greater objectivity into national budget debates? >>
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