Fabio Ghironi

Public Engagement

Columns, Podcasts and Videos, Other Musings and Non-Academic Presentations, In the Media


Each part of this page is organized in reverse chronological order.





Germany and Euroskepticism,” gli immoderati, August 13, 2019. (Based on this Twitter thread.)


Aaa giovani economisti vendesi sul mercato internazionale” (in Italian), lavoce.info, January 3, 2019. For a more detailed version, see “Il Mercato per Economisti,” December 28, 2018.


Che cosa ci dicono i nostri conti con l’estero” (in Italian), MetroNews, September 11, 2018.


Protectionism and the Business Cycle,” with Alessandro Barattieri and Matteo Cacciatore, VOX, August 10, 2018. (Based on our paper with the same title.)


The Efficiency of Entry, Monopoly, and Market Deregulation,” with Florin O. Bilbiie and Marc J. Melitz, VOX, September 13, 2016. (Based on our paper on “Monopoly Power and Endogenous Product Variety: Distortions and Remedies.”)


TPP Is a Structural Reform: Let’s Evaluate It with Structural Models,” VOX, July 3, 2016.


Variable Geometry Bites Back: Schäuble’s Motives,” VOX, July 18, 2015.


Understanding the Great Trade Collapse of 2009,” with Matthieu Bussière and Giulia Sestieri, VOX, February 14, 2012. (Based on our paper with Giovanni Callegari and Norihiko Yamano on “Estimating Trade Elasticities: Demand Composition and the Trade Collapse of 2008-09.”)


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Podcasts and Videos:


Independent Monetary Policy,” a panel to which I contributed, RIDGE Workshop in International Macroeconomics, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, December 15, 2022 (most of the conversation is in Spanish, but my interventions are in English).


The Macroeconomic Consequences of Structural Reforms,” Faculti interview, April 14, 2022.


Italy Is a Very Sick Patient,” Vox Talks, July 5, 2019.


Tassi di Cambio e Svalutazioni” (in Italian), conversazione con Michele Boldrin, YouTube, March 30, 2019. The Twitter thread (also in Italian) to which the conversation refers is here.


Macro Needs Micro,” Vox Talks, December 7, 2017.


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Other Musings and Non-Academic Presentations:


About Me and My Job, My Research, My Students’ Research, Italian Economic Policy and Politics, European Economic Policy and Politics, U.S. Economic Policy and Politics, War in Ukraine, Reflections on Macroeconomics, The Economics Profession, In Memoriam, Miscellaneous


About Me and My Job:


I Am as Disgusted as Anyone,” Twitter thread, October 15, 2023.


On This Webpage,” Twitter thread, December 28, 2022.


I Don’t Plan to Leave Twitter,” Twitter thread, December 4, 2022.


Per Iniziare a Conoscermi” (in Italian), Twitter thread collecting links to some of the threads below and a few other items, December 17, 2019.


Non E’ Corretto Chiamarmi ‘Consulente’ alla Casa Bianca” (in Italian), Twitter thread, December 16, 2019.


Come Funziona la Carriera dei Professori di Economia negli Stati Uniti?” (in Italian), July 4, 2019.


Note di Servizio su Me vs. Pseudo-Economisti e i Loro Fan” (in Italian), Twitter thread, March 29, 2019.


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My Research:


The Genesis of My Most Cited Research,” Twitter thread, June 19, 2022.


Structural Reforms Are Back at the Forefront,” Twitter thread, June 16, 2021.


On Research, Advising, and BC Hockey,” Twitter thread, May 12, 2021.


We Began Thinking About the Macro Effects of Barriers to Entry Long Ago,” Twitter thread, February 8, 2020.


The Macroeconomic Effects of Structural Reforms,” L’Incontro del Mattino, Club Brera, Milan (slides), February 3, 2017.


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My Students’ Research:


Papers on Dynamic Macro Models with Imperfect Competition and Producer Entry in Product Markets, and Search-and-Matching Frictions in Labor Markets, Written by Former Students of Mine,” Twitter thread, May 15, 2022.


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Italian Economic Policy and Politics:


Some Thoughts on the State of Italian Television,” Twitter thread, May 1, 2022.


Tutti Comunisti col Culo al Caldo nel Capitalismo” (in Italian), Twitter thread, February 26, 2022.


Ma Arrow Era Socialista?” (in Italian), Twitter thread, July 5, 2021.


Produttivita’, Salari e Markup” (in Italian), Twitter thread, June 23, 2021.


Guerre di Ego ed Ideologia, Non Medioevo della Macroeconomia: Conversazione con Andrea Roventini” (in Italian), Twitter thread, June 5, 2021.


Il Discorso di Draghi e l’Editoriale di Giavazzi: Macche’ Plagio!” (in Italian), Twitter thread, February 22, 2021. Follow-up: conversation (in Italian) with the journalist who first pointed out the connection between Draghi’s speech and Giavazzi’s article (the conversation focuses on the concept of austerity).


Two Cents on Draghi,” Twitter thread, February 3, 2021.


Di Vincoli di Bilancio, Leggi Naturali e Sbriciolamento di Zebedei” (in Italian), Twitter thread, January 31, 2021.


Su Ryanair e Pagnotte” (in Italian), Twitter thread, October 20, 2020.


Scuole Chiuse e Didattica Online: Pensieri da Seattle” (in Italian), Twitter thread, October 17, 2020.


Italy Does Not Need More of the State It Has Been Getting for Decades,” Twitter thread, June 26, 2020.


Saro’ un Liberista da Divano, ma…” (in Italian), Twitter thread, May 1, 2020.


Il Tradeoff Che Manca” (in Italian), Twitter thread, April 3, 2020. Follow-up threads (in Italian) in response to Marco Cantamessa and Roberta Paliotti, April 4, 2020.


Messaggio dall’Oltretomba” (in Italian), Twitter thread, March 14, 2020.


Lockdown o Modello Coreano per Non Distruggere l’Economia?” (in Italian), Twitter thread, March 13, 2020.


Tassi di Cambio Fissi e Politica Monetaria” (in Italian), Twitter thread, February 15, 2020.


Differenziali tra Tassi di Interesse e Movimenti del Tasso di Cambio” (in Italian), Twitter thread, December 20, 2019.


La Presa in Giro No-Euro” (in Italian), Twitter thread, December 5, 2019.


Salvini, Bagnai e la Bundesbank” (in Italian), Twitter thread, June 22, 2019.


Italexit or the Big Salary? On Pseudo-Economists and Balancing Acts,” Twitter thread, June 4, 2019.


On Output Gaps and Italian Fiscal Policy,” Twitter thread, May 30, 2019. A follow-up thread in which I explain my position more clearly and a further exchange with Robin Brooks, May 31, 2019.


Uscire dall’Euro. E poi? Alcune Cose Che i Sovranisti Non Discutono” (in Italian), Twitter thread, February 22, 2019.


Tassi di Cambio, Prezzi e Aggiustamento Internazionale: Perche’ i Sovranisti Parlano Solo di Friedman?” (in Italian), Twitter thread, February 9, 2019.


Esci l’Esperto!” (in Italian), Twitter thread, January 30, 2019. Another Twitter thread in Italian answering a good, related question is here (scroll to the top to begin reading).


Saldo commerciale, saldo delle partite correnti e la sostenibilita’ del nostro debito estero” (in Italian), July 15, 2018.


Saldo commerciale, saldo delle partite correnti e il nostro debito esteroE perche’ non e’ una buona idea usare dazi” (in Italian), July 4, 2018.


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European Economic Policy and Politics:


On Euroscepticism, Germany, Beggar-Thy-Neighbor Devaluation, and Excuses for Not Putting Your House in Order,” Twitter thread, August 6, 2019.


An Unsettling Aspect of the Debate on the Euro,” Twitter thread, January 26, 2019.


Get Over That 1920s Thing,” January 22, 2017.


The Elite BS That Helped Pave the Way to Brexit and Trump,” December 22, 2016.


On Straightjackets versus Coordination,” July 25, 2016.


On ‘Neoliberalism: Oversold?” May 30, 2016.


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U.S. Economic Policy and Politics:


What Do You Expect Will Happen?” Twitter poll, June 22, 2024.


How I Look at the Fed’s Response to the COVID-19 Crisis,” Twitter thread, August 7, 2020.


The Missing Tradeoff,” Twitter thread, April 3, 2020.


It Is a Mistake to Focus So Much on the Risk of Death at This Time,” Twitter thread, March 19, 2020.


Learn from Italy for F***’s Sake!” Twitter thread, March 19, 2020.


Lockdown and Beyond,” Twitter thread, March 17, 2020.


Trade Matters—and Not for Trade’s Sake,” October 15, 2016.


Will TPP Be Good for the American Worker?” October 11, 2016.


TPP Is a Structural Reform: Let’s Evaluate It with Structural Models,” May 22, 2016.


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War in Ukraine:


I Am Very Worried About the Credibility of NATO’s Commitment,” Twitter thread, January 3, 2024.


All Your Talk About Europe’s Values Lost a Lot of Credibility,” Twitter thread, April 30, 2022.


On Sanctions and War Length,” Twitter thread, April 20, 2022.


The Only Scenario in Which There Will Be Lasting Peace,” Twitter thread, April 16, 2022.


L’Unica Speranza di Pace Duratura” (in Italian), Twitter thread, April 11, 2022.


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Reflections on Macroeconomics:


On Cheap Shots and Falsehoods,” Twitter thread, November 11, 2022.


Ramblings on Tractability in Macroeconomics,” August 6, 2018; updated on August 13, 2018.


A Conversation on the Future of Macroeconomics with Narayana Kocherlakota and Roger Farmer,” September 20, 2017.


On the Blanchard Classification of Macroeconomic Models,” April 20, 2017.


The Loud Silence of the Pretzel Bloggers,” April 7, 2017.


Not All DSGEs Are Created Equal,” January 26, 2017.


On ‘Toy Models’,” July 18, 2016.


A Conversation on Macroeconomic Models for Policy Advice,” June 8, 2016.


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The Economics Profession:


Be Yourself and Have Fun,” Twitter thread, June 27, 2024.


It Is Absurd to Face Graduate Students with Quarter-by-Quarter Uncertainty on Their Funding,” Tweet, February 16, 2024.


Facing Graduate Students with Quarterly Uncertainty on Their Funding Is Irresponsible,” Tweet, February 18, 2023.


The Primary Goal of Having a PhD Program,” Tweet, May 25, 2022.


No Department Should Have a PhD Program,” Tweet, February 18, 2022.


More Institutional Diversity Needed in Editorial Boards,” Twitter thread, February 1, 2022.


On David Romer’s ‘Just Write’ Dissertation Advice,” Twitter thread, November 25, 2021.


Very Happy for David Card’s Nobel Prize,” Twitter thread, October 11, 2021.


Second-Order Comments as Killers of Ideas,” Twitter thread, May 27, 2021.


No One Should Use Anyone Else’s Gender to Demean Them,” Twitter thread, March 29, 2021. A follow-up thread.


The (Perhaps Unintended) Consequences of ‘Don’t Read, Just Write’,” Twitter thread, January 28, 2021.


The Economics Curriculum: My Experience from Student to Advisor,” Twitter thread, October 16, 2020 (continuing my conversation with Claire Jones).


Pundits and the Reality of Economics Training,” Twitter thread, October 15, 2020 (thoughts in response to Claire Jones).


Seminar Organization Advice to New Assistant Professors,” Twitter thread, August 27, 2020.


On Economics, Epidemiology, and Stinking Messes We Don’t Need,” Twitter thread, April 18, 2020.


How Much Letter Writing?” Twitter thread, December 11, 2019. See also the conversation with Ugo Panizza here and with JS here.


Graduate School Was a Fantastic Time in My Life,” Twitter thread, November 28, 2019.


Economists and Communication with the General Public,” Twitter thread, October 19, 2019.


Econ Seminars as Fencing Bouts,” Twitter thread, December 29, 2017.


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In Memoriam:


Joe Barone” (in Italian), Twitter thread, March 19, 2024.


Jacques Melitz: Always Kind, Always Encouraging,” June 8, 2023.


Sanjay Chugh: Outstanding Economist, Wonderful Person, Friend,” December 19, 2022.


Bruno” (in Italian), Twitter thread, November 10, 2022.


Don Silvio” (in Italian), Twitter thread, September 24, 2022.


Alberto Alesina,” Twitter thread, May 24, 2020.


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What I Learned in Normandy,” Twitter thread, June 6, 2024.


Consigli per Amici Che Fanno una Gita di Qualche Giorno a Pontremoli” (in Italian), Twitter thread, December 19, 2021.


‘The Outpost’ and Two Very Special Seminar Speakers,” Twitter thread, May 11, 2021.


Riflessioni su Halloween in Italia” (in Italian), Twitter thread, November 1, 2019.


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In the Media:


Imposing Sanctions Was and Remains the Right Thing to Do,” Gregorz Jeż (Narodowy Bank Polski) interviewed me for ObserwatorFinansowy.pl, July 27, 2023.


Science Proves That Sanctions Work”: Tatyana Edovina summarizes my paper on “International Trade and Macroeconomic Dynamics with Sanctions,” with Daisoon Kim and Galip Kemal Ozhan, Kommersant, November 25, 2022 (in Russian here).


Peiyu Jiang includes a snippet of our conversation on inflation and the U.S. economy in “Inflation Headaches Continue to Rock the City,” Pavement Pieces, December 8, 2021.


Chris Talbott quotes me in “Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Forever Altered Human Behavior?The Seattle Times, February 27, 2021.


With Kai Ryssdal and others for a conversation on inflation in Marketplace, NPR, February 23, 2021.


Reuters quotes my opinion of the first 2020 presidential debate in “Unimpressed: European Reaction to Trump-Biden Debate,” Reuters Top News, September 30, 2020. Reproduced in Kitco News.


Mark Trumbull quotes me in “From Milan to Miami, Locked-In Nations Try to Soften an Economic Blow,” Christian Science Monitor, March 19, 2020.


Tiziana Barghini quotes me in “Globalization 4.0,” Global Finance Magazine, January 1, 2020.


Intervista su commercio internazionale, dazi, WTO e Brexit con Giancarlo Loquenzi per “Zapping” (in Italian), RAI Radio 1, December 19, 2019. My interview begins at minute 37’15”. A thread (in Italian) with suggested readings to learn a bit more about the topics we discussed is here.


Grace Harmon, Elizabeth Turnbull, and Devon McBride quote me in “UW Is Still Recovering from the Great Recession More Than a Decade Later. Is It Ready for Another?The Daily of the University of Washington, December 5, 2019.


Hat tip from Claire Jones in “How and Why Economics Forgot Keynes’ Warnings on Panics,” Financial Times Alphaville, November 5, 2019.


Interview on trade war, the U.S., and China in the “Drive Time” show, Voice of Islam radio, London, UK, July 19. 2019. My interview begins at minute 46’30”. Producer Sana Nadeem had sent me a set of questions in advance. Only some of them were asked, but you can find here my answers to all the questions she had sent.


Interview with Hermann Sileitsch-Parzer on Italy, the plan of the Lega’s economic advisors, and the euro, KURIER, July 15, 2019 (in German; the original English text is here).


Konstantinos Efstathiou mentions my May 30, 2019 Twitter thread “On Output Gaps and Italian Fiscal Policy” in his review of the debate on output gap estimation, Bruegel Blog, June 17, 2019.


James Politi quotes me in “Donald Trump’s Fed Nominee Faces Broad Backlash,” Financial Times, March 25, 2019.


Wall Street Journal column by Greg Ip mentioning my paper with Alessandro Barattieri and Matteo Cacciatore on “Protectionism and the Business Cycle,” July 9, 2018.


Børsen op-ed by Lars Christensen mentioning my paper with Alessandro Barattieri and Matteo Cacciatore on “Protectionism and the Business Cycle,” April 23, 2018 (in Danish, translation here).


Oxford Analytica Brief on my paper with Alessandro Barattieri and Matteo Cacciatore on “Protectionism and the Business Cycle,” April 23, 2018 (pdf).


Q13 Fox News interview with Brandi Kruse on President Trump and the TPP: video clip and article with video clip, April 13, 2018.


Martin Sandbu talks about my “Macro Needs Micro” paper in “The Wobbly Foundations of Macroeconomics,” Financial Times, January 18, 2018.


Noah Smith lists my “Macro Needs Micro” paper among his “Must-Reads of 2017,” Bloomberg View, December 4, 2017.


Randy Woods quotes me in “Trump’s Trade Focus Risks Missing the Mark as NAFTA Talks Begin,” Bloomberg, August 15, 2017.


My thoughts in “Dark Days Ahead: American Professors on Trump Presidency,” by Isolde Raftery and Abraham Epton, KUOW, November 11, 2016.


China’s Economic Reforms: Global Outlook. Insights from Fabio Ghironi,” interview by Mercy A. Kuo for The Diplomat, July 29, 2016.


DTN’s Washington Insider quotes me in “What TPP Is All About” (pdf), The Progressive Farmer, June 1, 2016.


Vicki Needham quotes me in “TPP Advocates Playing the Fear China Card” (pdf), Popular Resistance, May 31, 2016.


Shawn Donnan quotes my tweet in “IMF Economists Put ‘Neoliberalism’ under the Spotlight,” Financial Times, May 26, 2016.


Shawn Donnan quotes me in “Obama Fights Back against Trump over US Trade Deals,” Financial Times, May 19, 2016.


Victoria Guida mentions me in “Morning Trade” (pdf), POLITICO, May 18, 2016.


Vicki Needham quotes me in “Currency Manipulation Plan Gets Key Endorsement,” The Hill, November 10, 2015.


Bariş Balci mentions my VOX column on “Variable Geometry Bites Back: Schäuble’s Motives” in an article on Greece’s crisis (pdf, in Turkish), Bloomberg Turkey, July 21, 2015.


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