Clive Crook

Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He was the Washington columnist for the Financial Times, and before that worked at The Economist for more than 20 years, including 11 years as deputy editor. Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics. More

Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics.

  • Trade and climate

    An article by Yale's Judith Chevalier in last Sunday's New York Times slipped by me, until Greg Mankiw's blog redirected me to it. The piece…

  • Clinton, Obama and double standards

    Are the media treating Hillary Clinton more harshly than Barack Obama? Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post:Clinton's senior advisers have grown…

  • Obama and the base

    Barack Obama’s campaign for the presidency has revived. Until.recently Hillary Clinton had a commanding lead in the polls and was.starting to seem…

  • Enclave extremism

    Cass Sunstein examines the phenomenon of enclave extremism--the tendency of people to harden their political positions when they interact mainly with…

  • The future of reading

    After more than a week with my Amazon Kindle, I am ready to say I have seen the future of reading. This actual device, mind you, much as I like it,…

  • Oil shock

    Another vote of thanks to James Hamilton (principal author of Econbrowser and an economics professor at the University of California, San Diego): I…

  • Counting the instruments

    If you are following monetary policy in these testing times, and especially if you find recent Fed actions (and the markets' reaction to them)…

  • Oil Shocks

    Clive Crook warns that it may soon be time to panic about the price of oil

  • A Farewell to Alms

    Two more reviews of Gregory Clark's book on development. First, Ben Friedman in the NYT (skeptical but fascinated)...Every story has to begin…

  • Ricardo Hausmann on Hillary on trade

    This is from Dani Rodrik's blog, where Ricardo Hausmann made a guest appearance:Dani has many complex and sophisticated arguments regarding his…

  • The trouble with the Paulson plan

    “This is a private sector effort, involving no government money,” Hank Paulson, US Treasury secretary, said last week, announcing the deal he had…

  • Subprime prevention and cure

    My new column for National Journal contrasts the administration's proliferating (and most likely inadequate) measures to solve the subprime mortgage…

  • Dani on Hillary and trade

    Dani Rodrik has two interesting posts on what Hillary Clinton told the FT last week about trade policy, and on reactions (including mine) to her…

  • Hillary on trade

    Reading the interview with Hillary Clinton in today's FT took the edge off my morning (report here, transcript here).FT: You have said that as…

  • Fannie and Freddie

    Until recently it was possible to regard the US system of housing finance as one of the best – if not the best – in the world. Just as it was…

  • Housebound

    Why homeownership may be bad for America

  • Recession watch

    My new column for National Journal is about mounting fears of recession next year. (lt starts with a discussion of a recent piece for the FT by Larry…

  • Opportunity and equality

    Thomas Sowell questions the current US preoccupation with inequality.Americans in the top one percent, like Americans in most income.brackets, are…

  • Distance still matters

    VoxEU has an intriguing post by Keith Head, Thierry Mayer and and John Ries, about their work on distance effects in trade in services. Surprisingly,…

  • Iraq and the Democrats

    Fragile as the recent improvement in security in Iraq may be, it poses a problem for Democrats, as I argue in a new column:The big question is…


Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.


Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.


The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air