Baker Institute expert: Trump has no policy tools to push the dollar down


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Baker Institute expert: Trump has no policy tools to push the dollar down

HOUSTON – (Feb. 9, 2017) – President Donald Trump recently stated that the U.S. dollar is too strong. But an economist at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy said the president does not have policy tools to push the dollar down.

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“The dollar will ultimately be determined by the mix of monetary and fiscal policy more than anything the president or his administration says,” said Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at the Baker Institute and a former U.S. Treasury Department official. “Officials can only move the dollar if markets think it signals a change in future action,” he said.

Green, who published an op-ed on the topic in the Huffington Post, is available to discuss this development with the media.

“Trump has no credible policy tools at his disposal that would push the dollar down,” Green said. “The Fed is slowly tightening, and Trump has big new spending plans paid for by a border adjustment tax and is threatening tariffs. All four of those put upward pressure on the dollar.”

For more information or to interview Green, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.