Monday, October 20, 2014
  1. Politics

    Europe’s Essential Unity

    José Manuel Barroso
  2. Economics

    The Inequality Trifecta

    Mohamed A. El-Erian

    The Inequality Trifecta


     outlines a strategy to stem the rise in inequality of income, wealth, and opportunity.

    income inequality shoe shiner M. Jeremy Goldman/Flickr

    Perhaps the most striking disconnect at the annual IMF/World Bank meetings was the disparity between participants’ interest in discussions of inequality and the ongoing lack of a formal action plan for governments to address it. This represents a profound failure of policy imagination – one that must urgently be addressed. READ MORE

  3. Environment & Sustainability

    Coal and Corruption

    Marina Lou
    Environment & Sustainability

    Coal and Corruption


     shines a light on the coal industry's corrupting influence.

    coal and corruption Hu Guolin/ZumaPress

    Coal-related corruption stories are breaking worldwide – not just in developing countries. If a country like Australia, with its robust civil society and strong democracy, is struggling with widespread graft among high-level government officials, no country is safe from the corrupting influence of the extractive industries. READ MORE

  4. Global Health & Development

    The End of Ebola

    Abdul Tejan-Cole
    Global Health & Development

    The End of Ebola


     calls for an open-source approach to developing and deploying treatments and vaccines.

    Ebola workers Marcus Dipaola/ZumaPress

    The Ebola epidemic is threatening not only the lives of West Africans, but also the social and economic progress that their countries have made in the last decade. As health workers labor tirelessly to manage the epidemic, researchers have a limited window of opportunity to learn how to treat Ebola and prevent future outbreaks. READ MORE

  5. Culture & Society

    The Economic Consequences of Sex

    Mukesh Eswaran
    Culture & Society

    The Economic Consequences of Sex


     finds compelling the post-modernist view that women are constrained by socially constructed ideas.

    Zambia Africa woman Georgina Smith/Flickr

    If assumptions about gender (such as innate differences in abilities) have become intellectually untenable, why do gender differences in economic outcomes persist? Economists have recently identified a fundamental reason in a phenomenon that remains pervasive: the gap in autonomy (or bargaining power) between women and men. READ MORE

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