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China: Too Hot to Handle?

June 27, 2011

Jackson Hewett

The Chinese government needs to act quickly to reduce economic stimulus and allow its currency to appreciate if it is to control inflation, says Vivek Arora of the International Monetary Fund.

Topics: Economic Policy, China | Read Article

Why Free Trade Matters

June 29, 2011

Jagdish Bhagwati

Protectionist trade policies don't help developing countries, argues Jagdish Bagwati. In fact, he says, free trade promotes prosperity, making it a moral imperative.

Topics: The Middle-Income Trap, Economic Policy, China, India | Read Article

Is China Running Out of Surplus Labor?

May 31, 2011

Rebecca McReynolds

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.

Topics: The Middle-Income Trap, Economic Policy, China | Read Article

Weather Report

May 31, 2011

Betsy Wiesendanger

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.

Topics: Economic Policy | Read Article

New Respect for the Middleman

April 13, 2011

Rebecca McReynolds

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.

Topics: United States, Economic Policy, China | Read Article

Japan’s Economy: What Now?

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.

Topics: Economic Policy, Asia, Global Investing | Read Article

Renewable Energy: The Price Problem

March 25, 2011

Jennifer Lynch

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.

Topics: Economic Policy, Asia, Global Investing | Read Article

The Global Economic Meltdown: Who’s Really to Blame

February 9, 2011

Olivia Albrecht

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.

Topics: Economic Policy, Europe | Read Article

The State of Sovereign Wealth Funds

January 27, 2011

The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University

Sovereign wealth funds have more assets under management than private equity or hedge funds. Why, then, is so little know about this assets class — and why is it so controversial? This new briefing paper explains it all.

Topics: Global Investing | Read Article

Lithuanian President Calls for More Urgent Financial Reform

January 27, 2011

Jackson Hewett

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.

Topics: News Makers, Economic Policy, Europe | Read Article