Thursday, February 11, 2016
  1. Business & Finance

    The Trade Numbers Game

    Dani Rodrik
    Business & Finance

    The Trade Numbers Game

    14

     bemoans the weak economic models used by both sides in the Trans-Pacific Partnership debate.

    Numbers

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership – a mega trade deal covering 12 countries that together account for more than one-third of global GDP and a quarter of world exports – is the latest battleground in the decades-long confrontation between proponents and opponents of trade agreements. Unfortunately, neither side is offering good evidence. READ MORE

  2. Global Health & Development

    Vaccines Versus Superbugs

    Jim O'Neill
    Global Health & Development

    Vaccines Versus Superbugs

    1

     highlights the role that immunization can play in impeding antimicrobial resistance.

    Vaccine syringe

    The Zika virus – like Ebola before it – has focused international attention on how vaccines can contain unexpected outbreaks of infectious diseases. But vaccines also have an important role to play in protecting us against a far more deadly and far more predictable threat: drug-resistance infections. READ MORE

  3. Sustainability & Environment

    Is Oil Becoming Stranded?

    Paul Spedding
    Sustainability & Environment

    Is Oil Becoming Stranded?

    6

     rebuts the argument that fossil-fuel reserves will never be too uneconomical to develop.

    Empty gas station at night

    The sudden plunge in the price of oil is reminiscent of how long-term policies intended to address climate change led to the collapse in the price of coal. Investors expecting a cyclical price recovery for oil may instead find that environmental regulations make their assets uneconomical to develop. READ MORE

  4. Economics

    China’s Exchange-Rate Trap

    Barry Eichengreen
    Economics

    China’s Exchange-Rate Trap

    7

     concludes that the best of the authorities' bad options is to reimpose capital controls.

    Renminbi bank notes

    For months now, China’s exchange-rate policy has roiled global financial markets, because officials have done a poor job communicating their intentions. But criticizing Chinese policymakers is easier than offering constructive advice: In fact the authorities no longer have any good options. READ MORE

  5. Global Health & Development

    Connecting the Red Sea

    Fahd Al Rasheed
    Global Health & Development

    Connecting the Red Sea

    0

     promotes an effort to boost infrastructure and logistics capabilities throughout the region.

    Red Sea and boat

    The Red Sea is essential to world trade, but little of the wealth generated remains in the region. A coordinated effort to improve infrastructure and logistics would position the countries surrounding the Red Sea as destinations for global investment and international trade. READ MORE

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