The Washington Post

Steven Pearlstein

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


Enough work will trickle down for everyone to earn a living and have productive lives.

  • Aug 16, 2016

It was a mistake for the Federal Reserve this week to have backed off, once again, from its plan to raise interest rates to more normal levels.

  • Jun 16, 2016

Why, after six years of maddening frustration, Michael Bennet is running again.

  • Jun 16, 2016

Samuel Bowles contends that altruism and fairness are essential for economic vitality

  • Jun 3, 2016

Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson survey the results of government spending in history.

  • Mar 25, 2016

Could his socialist policies turn America into Denmark? (Or would we end up more like Greece?)

  • Mar 19, 2016

This correction of global imbalances has been a long time coming — and may be just sharpening its claws.

  • Jan 15, 2016

Controlling spending requires fundamental changes in the way colleges are run.

  • Nov 25, 2015

Dani Rodrik laying out the strengths and foibles of economics.

  • Nov 13, 2015

Of austerity, debt relief and pétanque: Olivier Blanchard reenergized the IMF for its battle against the Great Recession.

  • Oct 3, 2015
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Steven Pearlstein is a business and economics columnist who writes about local, national and international topics. He joined the Post in 1988 as deputy business editor, and has been defense industry reporter, economic correspondent and Canadian correspondent.

In the fall of 2011, he will become the Robinson Professor of Political and International Affairs at George Mason University. Pearlstein was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2008 for columns anticipating and explaining the global financial crisis. In 2011, he won a Gerald R. Loeb Lifetime Achievement award. Pearlstein grew up in Brookline, Mass., and graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, Conn. He lives in Washington with his wife, Wendy Gray.
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