Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.
Twitter handle: @jeffmason1
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The Roman Catholic Church rarely responds speedily to anything. By its standards, the decade that passed between the 2008 financial crisis and last week’s publication of an official study of finance is the mere blink of an eye. Unfortunately, so little has changed in the interim that the Vatican’s advice, approved by Pope Francis, is as pertinent as ever.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Productivity growth has declined. The technological sky is falling. The great age of innovation is over. Alas. These few sentences paraphrase the most recent work of the distinguished economist Robert Gordon.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Deutsche Bank and Ford have taken the plunge. General Electric is testing the waters. These big companies are trying out their own versions of a corporate strategy that has almost never worked: shrinking to greatness.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The world is over-indebted. Global debt totals $164 trillion, or 225 percent of the planet’s GDP, say Vitor Gaspar and Laura Jaramillo of the International Monetary Fund. And in case that number isn’t troubling enough, the Institute of International Finance uses different definitions to reach a debt-to-GDP ratio of 318 percent.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - China may yet become a world leader in patent protection. That would be the natural result of becoming a world leader in many technologies. But Beijing’s approach to intellectual property may become part of a larger change in the world’s approach to the control of knowledge.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Until fairly recently, a king could not be corrupt. Monarchs just did what they did, as the biblical prophet Samuel explained. “He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants," he told the ancient Israelites. "He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants."
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - About a century ago, the evils of monopoly inspired an eponymous board game. Is it now time for a new variation? Monopsony, a term coined in the 1930s, refers to markets where a single buyer is dominant. The Monopsony game would hinge on all-powerful employers determining how much they will pay their workers.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Anti-establishment politicians should have iconoclastic economic policies. For now, though, many Western populist movements are floundering.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Some economics students want to change the profession. They deserve to succeed, but the rebels lack one really important element: compelling alternatives.
LONDON(Reuters Breakingviews) - China’s goal is to be “a global leader in terms of composite national strength and international influence”. Those are the words of Xi Jinping, who has just won approval to extend his term as president indefinitely. Xi wants the People’s Republic to supplant the United States as the world’s leading nation.
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