Economist Jeffrey Sachs on the U.S. Election “Our Political System Is Very Corrupt”

Jeffrey Sachs was once a magnet for criticism over the market-based shock therapy he prescribed for Eastern Europe. Today, he is calling for the United States to move more in the direction of a social democracy, with Germany as a role model.
Interview Conducted By Benjamin Bidder
A giant American flag at a protest in Pennsylvania

A giant American flag at a protest in Pennsylvania

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Jeffrey Sachs, 66, is a professor of economics at Columbia University

Jeffrey Sachs, 66, is a professor of economics at Columbia University

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"The U.S. population is absolutely less happy, less productive, and less healthy because of these deficiencies. Our life expectancy is far behind Germany and Sweden."
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