Wouter Den Haan's picture
Affiliation: 
London School of Economics
Credentials: 
Professor of economics

Voting history

Euro weakness in 2022

Question 2: Should the ECB respond to movements in the euro-dollar exchange rate of the nature observed in 2022?

Answer:
No
Confidence level:
Not confident
Comment:
I interpret the question to mean respond to just movements in the exchange rate that is not as a signal for inflationary pressure.

Question 1: What was the main cause for the euro’s decline relative to the US dollar in 2022?

Answer:
Other, none of the above, or no response
Confidence level:
Not confident at all
Comment:
Not sure whether we have the tools to quantify the impact of these different factors. I definitely do not have that expertise.

Addressing UK public finances after the mini-budget crisis

Question 3: Given the desired amount of deficit reduction, the Autumn Statement on balance:

Answer:
Should have relied more on tax increases
Confidence level:
Very confident

Question 1: How necessary was it for the UK government to lower its deficit through tax increases or spending cuts in November 2022?

Answer:
Undesirable
Confidence level:
Not confident
Comment:
Well chosen tax increases are sensible. After all, UK tax rates are not that high. But yet another round of austerity is likely to negatively affect productivity (e.g., because of insufficient NHS funding) and economic growth.

Assisting Households Facing Rising Energy Costs

Question 1: Overall, which of the following best characterises how the government’s proposed energy policies will leave the average UK household over the medium term:

Answer:
Better off
Confidence level:
Not confident
Comment:
Better off but not a lot

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