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Avner Offer

Avner Offer

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Avner Offer, an emeritus professor of economic history at the University of Oxford, fellow of All Souls College, and member of the British Academy, is the co-author (with Gabriel Söderberg) of The Nobel Factor: The Prize in Economics, Social Democracy, and the Market Turn (Princeton University Press, 2016).

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    China as Economic Bogeyman

    Dani Rodrik

    Many Western economists presume that governments are not very good at identifying industries that merit support, and that domestic consumers and taxpayers incur the bulk of the costs. By the same logic, if Chinese policymakers effectively targeted activities where social benefits exceed private benefits, then it is not clear why foreigners should complain.

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