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2021-04-15T11:36:45+02:0015 January 2021|

The post-pandemic world will not be going back to a pre-COVID ‘normal’ – whatever that was. Some argue it might see the return of inflation. [...]

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2021-04-15T11:37:30+02:008 January 2021|

What happened on Capitol Hill was shocking but not as surprising as it might have seemed.  Checkout other ‘expected surprises’ for 2021.  The real threat [...]

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2021-04-15T11:37:39+02:0018 December 2020|

Longer-term returns could be a better investment objective in the future. More patience could have improved the West’s response to the pandemic. New accounting standards [...]

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2021-04-15T11:38:15+02:0013 December 2020|

Dani Rodrik, Tackling Inequality from the Middle (Project Syndicate, December 10, 2019) The rise of populist movements and street protests around the world has made [...]

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2021-04-15T11:38:46+02:0011 December 2020|

We can learn something from the trees: it’s not only the fittest that thrive – knowing how to co-operate is also key to survival. Low-interest [...]

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2021-04-15T11:38:55+02:004 December 2020|

A bipolar world is not inevitable – there may be an advantageous ‘quadripolar’ alternative. Can democracy be rescued from the grip of Big Tech? Progress [...]

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2021-04-15T11:39:03+02:0027 November 2020|

What fixing economic inequality might look like in the OECD. In post-pandemic Asia government is likely to be ‘bigger’. Feeding on all political trends global [...]

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2021-04-15T11:39:41+02:0020 November 2020|

Saving lives is the only sure way to buoy up the economy, but don’t expect it to be quite the same as pre-COVID. We will [...]

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2021-04-15T11:39:55+02:0013 November 2020|

The Biden victory does not herald the end of populism in the US or elsewhere. Indeed, we are witnessing ‘strong men’ in some parts [...]

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2021-04-15T11:40:05+02:006 November 2020|

It will take more than a Democratic win to stop the rot in US democracy. Why impact investing is now mainstream. All civilizations (especially complex [...]

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2021-04-15T11:40:31+02:0030 October 2020|

Long term global recession is inevitable - the global policy needed best to cope with it is less so. Can European foreign policy learn to [...]

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2021-04-15T11:40:39+02:0023 October 2020|

The ‘health’ of the global economy will be subject to its own form of long Covid while geopolitics tops the business agenda. In a world [...]

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2021-04-15T11:40:47+02:0016 October 2020|

Inequality is a hotter subject than ever. Burgeoning creativity in all its guises can be a source of optimism – especially when applied to effective [...]

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2021-04-15T11:41:15+02:009 October 2020|

Public recovery policy should be contingent to public interest, perhaps feeding into a circular bio-economy. Chinese pork: where AI meets agriculture. Good negotiations mean saving [...]

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2021-04-15T11:41:26+02:002 October 2020|

Plutocracy is the greatest challenge for US democracy, together with the economic threat of a collapsing dollar. Climate change supersedes the pandemic in countries like [...]

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2021-04-15T11:41:34+02:0025 September 2020|

Ominous rumblings regarding US election - here and elsewhere, social media have a lot to answer for. With the right policies, we might emerge from [...]

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2021-04-15T11:42:32+02:0018 September 2020|

Some optimism concerning net-zero and some possible COVID silver-linings. But, in the US, grim predictions of social unrest and the prospect of ever-rising tension with [...]

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2021-04-15T11:43:15+02:0011 September 2020|

There’s more to life than GDP. The post-Covid world will be quantum, not classical. The negative impact (almost everywhere) of pervasive uncertainty provoked by the [...]

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2021-04-15T11:42:50+02:0028 August 2020|

Walking more and breathing better are an effective, accessible, and democratic individual response to better cope with some of the effects of the pandemic. Beware [...]

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2021-04-15T11:44:15+02:0021 August 2020|

As we begin to recognize that COVID-19 is everyone’s problem, it’s increasingly important to identify what de-marks a successful nation - learning from others is [...]

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2021-04-15T11:44:21+02:0014 August 2020|

For fear of failure to avoid it, armed conflict between the US and China should no longer be considered as unthinkable. Concentrated efforts for cleaner [...]

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2021-04-15T11:44:32+02:007 August 2020|

The pandemic induced economic downturn equates to a depression by any other name. Advanced AI makes possible all-seeing surveillance systems for China and beyond. Germany [...]

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2021-04-15T11:45:07+02:0024 July 2020|

Going forward: putting nature first is not only an environmental necessity but also sound economics. We could be looking at a less urbanised world where [...]

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2021-04-15T11:45:11+02:0017 July 2020|

The Great Reset: how to get it right in a post-Covid-19 world. Will China really be more mercantile than colonial? Can Silicon Valley survive without [...]

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2021-04-15T11:45:24+02:0010 July 2020|

Narrative economics can help explain the current stock market enigma. Pandemic experts in the US play second fiddle to politics despite emerging evidence of more [...]

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2021-04-15T11:46:07+02:003 July 2020|

China poised for pre-eminence while the West‘s ‘precariat’ is seeking a voice. A COVID contagion pattern is emerging. Weak ties can be a source of [...]

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2021-04-15T11:46:14+02:0026 June 2020|

No V in sight for the global economy. Societal despair in the US partly due to a health system sold out to rent-seekers. Perhaps telemedicine [...]

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2021-04-15T11:46:25+02:0019 June 2020|

Some corona crisis lessons so far: execution, not ideas, make the difference; China is no longer passive in its positioning for power; activism's coming of [...]

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2021-04-15T11:47:10+02:0012 June 2020|

Will current outrage over racism, at last, give rise to improved justice? Let's dare to be optimistic. To avoid a second wave of infection the [...]

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2021-04-15T11:47:13+02:005 June 2020|

How we treat the soil could save the Earth. Can Singapore avoid being caught in the fallout from US-China rivalries and emerge as a vital [...]

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2021-04-15T11:47:27+02:0029 May 2020|

This article is behind a paywall, but it makes such a critical point that we decided to include it nonetheless (if you do not subscribe [...]

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2021-04-15T11:48:00+02:0022 May 2020|

Carmen Reinhart, the Harvard professor who’s just been named chief economist at the World Bank explains why the COVID-born financial crisis will last until the [...]

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2021-04-15T11:48:45+02:0015 May 2020|

QUOTE OF THE WEEK “I would say in a four to five-year timeframe we could be looking at controlling this (the coronavirus).'' – Soumya Swaminathan, WHO’s [...]

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2021-04-15T11:48:36+02:008 May 2020|

The President of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former Australian PM explains why both China and the US are likely to emerge from this [...]

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2021-04-15T11:49:26+02:001 May 2020|

Gloomy but true! Covid-19 comes at a time when it conflates with ten existing diverse risks that threaten “to fuel a perfect storm that sweeps [...]

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2021-04-15T11:49:47+02:0024 April 2020|

This is a great (albeit long – 20 min+) read to make sense of the overabundant information about Covid-19. QUOTE OF THE WEEK “It can [...]

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2021-01-29T11:08:13+01:0017 April 2020|

Ed Yong, Our Pandemic Summer (The Atlantic, April 14, 2020) The fight against the coronavirus won’t be over when countries reopen, and this article explains [...]

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2021-01-29T11:08:09+01:0010 April 2020|

The cluster effect: how social gatherings were rocket fuel for coronavirus (The Guardian, April 9, 2020) This article explains how social gatherings of different sorts [...]

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2021-04-15T11:50:40+02:003 April 2020|

This is a 4-5 min read based on extensive interviews with prominent US economists offers simple rules for a better understanding of the new playbook [...]

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2021-01-29T11:10:34+01:0027 March 2020|

Jonathan Portes, Don't believe the myth that we must sacrifice lives to save the economy (The Guardian, March 25, 2020) This concerns the much talked [...]

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2021-01-29T11:10:39+01:0020 March 2020|

Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, Keeping Business Alive: The Government Will Pay (UC Berkeley, March 16, 2020) The two economists propose an unprecedented program for [...]

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2021-01-29T11:10:52+01:0013 March 2020|

Willem Buiter, The Wealth and Health of Nations (Project Syndicate, March 10, 2020) Until very recently, most analysts on the sell-side were being remarkably complacent [...]

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2021-01-29T11:10:44+01:006 March 2020|

Simon Wren-Lewis, The economic effects of a pandemic (Mainly Macro, March 2, 2020) This is a simple and palatable article written by an economist with [...]

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2021-01-29T11:10:58+01:0028 February 2020|

The Difference Between Worry, Stress and Anxiety (The New York Times, February 26, 2020) Most of us would agree that the past week and all [...]

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2021-01-29T11:14:59+01:0021 February 2020|

Nouriel Roubini, The stock market is ignoring these ‘white swan’ events that could upend everything (Market Watch, February 18, 2020) The economist argues that financial crises [...]

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2021-01-29T11:14:36+01:007 February 2020|

John Cassidy, Can We Have Prosperity Without Growth? (The New Yorker, February 10, 2020) We had a similar article last week. Worth repeating with this [...]

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2021-01-29T11:14:31+01:0031 January 2020|

Stephen Roach, A Global Economy Without a Cushion (Project Syndicate, January 27, 2020) From 1990 to 2008, annual growth in world trade was 82% faster [...]

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2021-01-29T11:14:22+01:0024 January 2020|

What Will the World Look Like in 2030? (The New York Times, December 26, 2019) This is almost a month old, but worth posting now and read against the background of what [...]

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2021-01-29T11:14:13+01:0017 January 2020|

Ruchir Sharma, How To Invest: Ten Big Trends Of The 2020s (NDTV, January 15, 2020) The Morgan Stanley global strategist / author offers 10 predictions [...]

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2021-01-29T11:14:05+01:0014 January 2020|

Michael Spence, The Challenging Arithmetic of Climate Action (Project Syndicate, February 12, 2020) The Nobel laureate puts it in plain and palatable terms: the challenge [...]

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