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WeWork, and Can the Government Really Print as Much Money as It Wants?

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Youngme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, and Mihir Desai discuss whether WeWork’s success is sustainable. Plus, can the government really spend as much money as it wants without worrying about deficits? What in the world is Modern Monetary Theory and does it actually make sense?

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March 20th, 2019

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29:48

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Introducing After Hours

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1:05

Listen in as Harvard Business School faculty discuss hot topics at the intersection of business and society. (Trailer)

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