Alan Cole

Alan Cole

Washington, D.C.
Alan specializes in economic policy and lives in Washington DC.
Jan
13
The inflation outlook, in two simple questions

The inflation outlook, in two simple questions

It all comes down to a simple equation: inflation equals nominal minus real.
4 min read
Jan
07
Unambitious goals might hold the economy back⁠—again.

Unambitious goals might hold the economy back⁠—again.

Why is a Fed president so sanguine about falling labor force participation?
5 min read
Jan
03
Winnie the Pooh should have been free decades ago

Winnie the Pooh should have been free decades ago

Copyright doesn't need 95 years to get the job done.
4 min read
Dec
20
Joe Manchin’s friends aren’t listening to him

Joe Manchin’s friends aren’t listening to him

The Senator has spoken plenty. They just don't want to hear him.
5 min read
Nov
15
Thank the GOP for the global minimum tax

Thank the GOP for the global minimum tax

Nobody wants to say it, but the Republican tax plan is the model for a center-left global deal.
7 min read
Nov
11
Here's who wins and loses in an inflationary time

Here's who wins and loses in an inflationary time

If you took out a big loan on a house recently, you're in luck.
7 min read
Oct
28
How COVID-19 broke my favorite labor economics chart

How COVID-19 broke my favorite labor economics chart

A longstanding connection between wage growth and employment levels has broken down.
7 min read
Oct
21
Don’t play the frontload gambit

Don’t play the frontload gambit

Overloading the early years of the Build Back Better plan with extra spending will backfire.
6 min read
Oct
15
Our corporate tax system is our best so far—don’t break it

Our corporate tax system is our best so far—don’t break it

International corporate taxation is a difficult puzzle. The 2017 GOP reform got a lot right.
7 min read
Oct
12
The New York Times addresses our shadow inflation thesis

The New York Times addresses our shadow inflation thesis

Declining service quality means consumers are getting less for their money.
3 min read