Economic Policy

Why Free Trade Matters

Global Insights: In Their Own Words
Jagdish Bhagwati |  June 29, 2011
Protectionist trade policies don't help developing countries, argues Jagdish Bagwati. In fact, he says, free trade promotes prosperity, making it a moral imperative.
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Is China Running Out of Surplus Labor?

Global Insights: Analysis
Rebecca McReynolds |  May 31, 2011
Economists have been warning of a looming labor shortage in China, raising concerns that wages will rise and China's growth will slow. That could stall economic recovery around the world. Xin Meng, a recent visiting scholar at The Chazen Institute, weighs in.
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Weather Report

Global Insights: Analysis
Betsy Wiesendanger |  May 31, 2011
The recent earthquake in Japan and the tornado in Alabama highlighted the often devastating toll of natural disasters. Researcher Solomon Hsiang reveals one cost that often goes uncounted.
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New Respect for the Middleman

Global Insights: Analysis
Rebecca McReynolds |  April 13, 2011
New research provides the first empirical evidence that quantifies the role of the so-called middleman in developing and expending international trade — data that could play an important role in US trade policy.
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Japan’s Economy: What Now?

Global Insights: Forum Highlights
March 28, 2011
As a nation begins to rebuild, Chazen Senior Scholar David Weinstein sizes up the likely impact to Japan’s fiscal growth prospects.
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Renewable Energy: The Price Problem

Global Insights: In Their Own Words
Jennifer Lynch |  March 25, 2011
Everyone agrees that green power is a good idea. But few power producers (or governments) want to foot the bill. Financial analyst Dan Potash finds a middle ground.
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The Global Economic Meltdown: Who’s Really to Blame

Global Insights: Forum Highlights
Olivia Albrecht |  February 9, 2011
Jacques de Larosière, former Governor of the Central Bank of France and current chairman of the strategic committee of the French Treasury, says that central banking authorities failed to act in the runup to the crisis and then watched a train wreck.
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Lithuanian President Calls for More Urgent Financial Reform

Global Insights: Forum Highlights
Jackson Hewett |  January 27, 2011
As the pace of recovery grows, the opportunity to strengthen institutions like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank is slipping by, says Dalia Grybauskaitė.
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Sovereign Wealth Funds: Hidden Riches

Global Insights: In Their Own Words
January 27, 2011
Sovereign wealth funds are a huge, subterranean asset class that could be key to solving global warming. Yet their lack of transparency makes them controversial. Find out what’s next for this little-known pool of wealth and why you should keep them on your radar.
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Going Green: How to Get the Money

Global Insights: Analysis
Sharon Kahn |  January 27, 2011
There’s a huge, untapped source of financing for clean energy development that could help reverse global warning. Chazen Senior Scholar Patrick Bolton reveals how sovereign wealth funds could make the world a cleaner, greener place.
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