Friday, December 9, 2016
  1. Economics

    The Complexity of Inequality

    Michael Heise
    Economics

    The Complexity of Inequality

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     advocates a more nuanced approach to tackling a problem that is far from one-dimensional.

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    In recent years, inequality has been at the forefront of public debate in most advanced economies, blamed for everything from low growth and stagnating productivity to the rise of populism and the Brexit vote. But inequality remains poorly defined, its effects highly variable, and its causes hotly debated. READ MORE

  2. Economics

    Italy on the Brink

    Philippe Legrain
    Economics

    Italy on the Brink

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     warns that the country is now on a path to leave the eurozone, unless it can adopt radical reforms.

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    Following Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation, Italy’s ongoing banking crisis could flare up again and threaten European stability. In the long term, the eurozone's third-largest economy may have to withdraw from the single currency, which would put the monetary union itself at risk. READ MORE

  3. Business & Finance

    Don’t Cry Over Dead Trade Agreements

    Dani Rodrik
    Business & Finance

    Don’t Cry Over Dead Trade Agreements

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     explains why no one should mourn the passing of the TPP and the TTIP.

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    While developing countries may continue to pursue smaller trade agreements, the two major deals on the table, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, are as good as dead after the election of Donald Trump as US president. We should not mourn their passing. READ MORE

  4. World Affairs

    Ending Religious Violence in the Middle East

    Moha Ennaji
    World Affairs

    Ending Religious Violence in the Middle East

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     argues that the problem is not Islam, but inadequate social and economic policies.

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    The escalation of radicalism, violence, and civil wars in the region since the so-called Arab Spring revolts began in 2010 has exacted a massive toll in human lives and welfare. But so long as governments frame or seek to legitimize their policies in religious terms, the violence will not stop. READ MORE

  5. World Affairs

    A New Deal for Refugees

    Saadia Madsbjerg
    World Affairs

    A New Deal for Refugees

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     proposes a special economic status to enable displaced people to thrive in their new countries.

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    Though international law protects refugees’ human rights, there is no system for providing the economic support they need to thrive in their new countries. A system that recognizes refugees’ special economic status, in addition to their special legal status, would facilitate the delivery of critical aid. READ MORE

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Trump and the End of the West?

As the US president-elect fills his administration, the direction of American policy at home and abroad is coming into clearer focus. Mohamed El-Erian, Ana Palacio, Joschka Fischer, and other Project Syndicate contributors interpret what they see on the horizon.

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Climate Change in the Trumpocene Age

 examines arguments by Jeffrey Sachs, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Joseph Stiglitz, and other Project Syndicate commentators and concludes that the US president-elect’s ability to derail global progress toward a green economy is more limited than many believe.

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