Saturday, September 5, 2015
  1. China Confronts the Market

    Jeffrey Frankel

    China Confronts the Market

    0

     criticizes the view that government intervention is to blame for market turmoil.

    chinas leadership Stephen Shaver/ZumaPress

    China’s current economic woes have largely been viewed through a single lens: the government’s failure to let the market operate. But that perspective has led foreign observers to misinterpret this year’s most important developments in the foreign-exchange and stock markets. READ MORE

  2. The Foundations of Greece’s Failed Economy

    Edmund S. Phelps

    The Foundations of Greece’s Failed Economy

    8

     blames the country's crisis on policies that reflect dysfunctional values and beliefs.

    greece flag Kostas Pikoulas/ZumaPress

    Too many politicians and economists blame austerity for the collapse of the Greek economy. But the data show neither marked austerity by historical standards nor government cutbacks severe enough to explain the huge job losses; instead, they show economic ills rooted in the values and beliefs of Greek society. READ MORE

  3. A False Alarm About China

    Shang-Jin Wei

    A False Alarm About China

    1

     deflates fears that recent volatility in the Chinese stock market presages an economic collapse.

    china stock market crash Zhengyi Xie/ZumaPress

    The volatility in Chinese equity prices in recent months has more to do with the peculiarities of the country's stock markets than with underlying economic fundamentals. As long as China continues to pursue pro-market reforms, its economy will thrive in the long term. READ MORE

  4. Inflation, the Fed, and the Big Picture

    Carmen Reinhart

    Inflation, the Fed, and the Big Picture

    9

     argues that the real threat nowadays, especially in the advanced economies, is declining prices.

    balloons Tolga Akmen/ZumaPress

    Inflation was the theme of this year’s international conference of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. But, while policymakers are right to prepare for future risks to price stability, they did not place these concerns in the context of recent inflation developments at the global level – or within historical perspective. READ MORE

  5. Puerto Rico in Crisis

    Anne Krueger

    Puerto Rico in Crisis

    5

     says that the US and the island's government both bear responsibility for the deepening crisis.

    Puerto Rico flag Arnold Drapkin/ZumaPress

    Unlike Greece, Puerto Rico is not a country, which means that it is ineligible for multilateral financing; but nor is it a US state. This arrangement, though advantageous in some respects, also implies serious obstacles to the restoration of growth that the island so desperately needs. READ MORE

Focal Point

More
319 pages
319 pages

Commentaries available in 12 Languages