Nine items of the day, April 16, 2015
Renzi is also in D.C. and says Improving Tax System Is Priority for Italy
Samantha St. Amand: What lessons have we learned from the euro crisis?
Very much related-- David Byrne and Eugenio Pinto: The recent slowdown in high-tech equipment price declines and some implications for business investment and labor productivity; FEDS Note
No fewer than ten IMF programs have tried to help Ukraine since 1994, but not one was completed. The culprits were hesitation, fecklessness, infighting, and crude self-enrichment by Ukrainian leaders."
9: One way to make an analogy:
Hank Paulson: Dealing with China easier than dealing with Congress.— David Wessel (@davidmwessel) April 16, 2015
And yet: "[k]ey congressional leaders agreed Thursday on legislation to give President Obama special authority to finish negotiating one of the world’s largest trade accords, starting a rare battle that aligns the president with Republicans against a broad coalition of Democrats." (NYT)