A Demographic Threat to the Culture of Growth

Aug 19, 2019

Demographic experts increasingly agree that the extraordinary trend of population growth that took place over the past 200 years has already changed course. Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson, the authors of the book “Empty Planet,” suggest that a complete reversal of the trend may be at hand....

What Are the Long-Term Costs of the China-US Trade War?
Aug 18, 2019

What Are the Long-Term Costs of the China-US Trade War?

Perhaps “Slowbalization” Is Exactly What the World Needs
Aug 16, 2019

Perhaps “Slowbalization” Is Exactly What the World Needs

The World Without American Leadership
Aug 14, 2019

The World Without American Leadership

The Path to Growth Is Industrialization, Not Exports

The Path to Growth Is Industrialization, Not Exports

Aug 08, 2019

On the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Dani Rodrik posed a controversial question: “Is Export Led Growth Passé?” Writing on September 11, 2008, this famous Harvard professor argued that advanced economies were unlikely to run large current account deficits and import as they did in...

Consulting Scandals: Holding the Accountants Accountable

Consulting Scandals: Holding the Accountants Accountable

Jul 23, 2019

International business consultancy and accounting firms have reached an unchartered phase in the business life cycle. These behemoths of commerce, often tasked with keeping both public and private sector players in check, have now grown powerful enough to pose a threat to entire countries, if not...

What’s Really Behind China’s Falling GDP?

What’s Really Behind China’s Falling GDP?

Jul 20, 2019

The headlines grabbed attention: “China’s economy grows at slowest rate in nearly 30 years,” noted the Financial Times in a typical example. China’s GDP growth in the second quarter had slowed to 6.2%, the smallest gain since 1992, back when the country’s economy was first shifting into...

What Happens in Africa Matters in Europe

What Happens in Africa Matters in Europe

Jul 17, 2019

The African continent is home to 54 countries, more than 1.2 billion people and around 2,000 languages. Its challenges and success stories are as diverse as the breadth of its landmass. In terms of GDP growth, Africa is the world’s second fastest-developing region. A 2018 report by the Overseas...

Can Japan Maintain Its Economic Fortunes?

Can Japan Maintain Its Economic Fortunes?

Jun 24, 2019

Japan is set up for a stint in the international spotlight, hosting the G20 summit at the end of June and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will be a busy few years for Japan, which hosts the G20 summit on June 28-29 followed by the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The international attention sparks questions...

Is Warren Buffett the Last True Believer in Constant Progress?

Is Warren Buffett the Last True Believer in Constant Progress?

Jun 12, 2019

The media will never tire of Warren Buffett’s oracular pronouncements, nor will it dare to put them in perspective or critique them. Who better than the Oracle of Omaha, the Pope of Wall Street, Warren Buffett, can we count on to guide the faithful in the dogmas they need to believe about the...

Debt in America: What to Do and What Not to Do

Debt in America: What to Do and What Not to Do

Jun 11, 2019

Yahoo Finance identifies a serious problem in US society and knows there’s only one way to solve it: inform people it’s their problem to solve. Yahoo Finance wants to help American families solve a problem that strikes at the core of the US economy and culture and has seriously undermined...

The Misadventures of “Tariff Man”

The Misadventures of “Tariff Man”

Jun 07, 2019

For Donald Trump, tariffs are a substitute for diplomacy, just as harassment in his personal life is a substitute for normal human interaction.  Donald Trump has two tools at his disposal as president. The first is his mouth: the insults and threats that he issues verbally or by Twitter. The...

Mixed Messages for Morocco and Tunisia

Mixed Messages for Morocco and Tunisia

May 22, 2019

There’s good and ugly economic news in Morocco and Tunisia, according to Oxfam and the IMF. Two recent reports highlight the challenges of developing an equitable and high-performing economy in North Africa. While Morocco and Tunisia have demonstrated a degree of political will in announcing...

Forbidden Fruit and Dirty Oil: Russia’s Latest Dispute with Belarus

Forbidden Fruit and Dirty Oil: Russia’s Latest Dispute with Belarus

May 20, 2019

Relations between Russia and neighboring Belarus are often denoted by strategic tit-for-tat. Reactions in the past weeks over disputed subsidies and tainted crude oil demonstrate that the alliance between the two post-Soviet states is unsettled. Any hint of insecurity within the Russian sphere of...

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