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Hosted by David Beckworth of the Mercatus Center, Macro Musings is a podcast which pulls back the curtain on the important macroeconomic issues of the past, present, and future.

Feb 21, 2022

William Diamond is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Will joins David on Macro Musings to discuss safe assets, convenience yields, bubbles and public debt and the implications for policy. Specifically, David and Will get into competing theories of interest rates and the rise of New Keynesian thinking, the role of the dollar in the global financial system, the drivers behind the growth in US debt, how the construction of risk-free interest rates unaffected by convenience yields on safe assets can improve our understanding of the financial system in times of stress, and much more.

 

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Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings

 

Will’s Twitter: @wdiamond_econ

Will’s Wharton profile: https://fnce.wharton.upenn.edu/profile/diamondw/#research

 

Related Links:

 

*Threats to Central Bank Independence: High-Frequency Identification with Twitter* by Francesco Bianchi, Thilo Kind & Howard Kung

https://www.nber.org/papers/w26308

 

*Safety Transformation and the Structure of the Financial System* by Will Diamond

https://faculty.wharton.upenn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/modelwriteupnew23.pdf

 

*From World Banker to World Venture Capitalist: The US External Adjustment and the Exorbitant Privilege* by Helene Ray and P.O. Gourinchas

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=788428

 

*Rational Bubbles and Public Debt Policy: A Quantitative Analysis* by David Domeij and Tore Ellingsen

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0304393218301909

 

*Liquidity Premiums on Government Debt and the Fiscal Theory of the Price Level* by Aleksander Berentsen and Christopher J. Waller

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2943241

 

*Risk Free Interest Rates* by Jules H. van Binsbergen, Will Diamond, and Marco Grotteria

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3242836

 

*Risk-Free Rates and Convenience Yields Around the World* by Will Diamond, Peter Van Tassel

https://faculty.wharton.upenn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/newdraft_11132021formatfix.pdf

 

David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth

David’s blog: http://macromarketmusings.blogspot.com/