Saturday, January 31, 2015
  1. A Greek Burial for German Austerity

    Joschka Fischer

    A Greek Burial for German Austerity


     urges Chancellor Angela Merkel to change course – before it is too late.

    Greece Tsipras victory crowd flags Kostis Ntantamis/ZumaPress

    Even before the leftist Syriza party's victory in Greece’s recent general election, it was obvious that, far from being over, the euro crisis was threatening to worsen. And it does not take a prophet to predict that the Greek election result will leave the European Union's German-backed austerity policy in tatters. READ MORE

  2. Redistribution or Inclusion?

    Ricardo Hausmann

    Redistribution or Inclusion?


     distinguishes between two sources of income inequality that are often conflated.

    Singapore city skyline night Erwin Soo/Flickr

    Many people fear that profound and deepening income inequality is a global phenomenon with similar causes everywhere. But there are two sources of inequality – disparate productivity levels among firms and unequal distribution within them – and conflating them prevents clear thinking on either one. READ MORE

  3. How Fast Will China Grow?

    Justin Yifu Lin

    How Fast Will China Grow?


     says that the answer starts with an understanding of potential growth.

    Shanghai view Mengjie Jo/Flickr

    As China's unprecedented economic rise begins to slow, the country's future growth can be predicted by looking at its potential growth rate, as well as external and internal factors. Policymakers drawing up the country's next five-year plan should look to history as well as current conditions as guides in setting growth targets. READ MORE

  4. What Failed in 2008?

    J. Bradford DeLong

    What Failed in 2008?


     asks why policymakers have not responded appropriately to their economies' post-crisis malaise.

    Recession man at bank Alex Proimos/Flickr

    To solve a problem requires not only knowing what to do, but also a willingness to change course if it turns out that one did not know quite as much as one thought. But the only true lesson of the 2008 financial crisis seems to be that its lessons will never truly be learned. READ MORE

  5. Why Russia’s Economy Will Not Collapse

    Charles Wyplosz

    Why Russia’s Economy Will Not Collapse


     warns against overestimating the impact of the ruble's current travails.

    Russian ruble coins Alexandr Samoyluk/Flickr

    The rapid depreciation of the ruble, despite a dramatic – and seemingly desperate – late-night interest-rate hike by the central bank last month, has raised the specter of Russia’s economic meltdown in 1998. But, though Russia’s economy is undoubtedly in trouble, a full-blown collapse is unlikely. READ MORE

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