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Dani Rodrik

Dani Rodrik

Writing for PS since 1998
219 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Dani Rodrik, Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School, is President of the International Economic Association and the author of Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy (Princeton University Press, 2017).

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  1. The Two Faces of Free Trade
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    The Two Faces of Free Trade

    Mar 8, 2024 Dani Rodrik thinks the doctrine has fallen out of favor not because it failed, but because of the interests it now serves.

  2. America’s Emulation of China Calls for New Rules
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    America’s Emulation of China Calls for New Rules

    Feb 9, 2024 Dani Rodrik thinks both countries would benefit from recognizing that their economic policies are converging.

  3. Confronting Our Four Biggest Economic Challenges
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    Confronting Our Four Biggest Economic Challenges

    Jan 9, 2024 Dani Rodrik outlines a broad agenda that national governments and international policymakers should pursue in 2024.

  4. Better Jobs Mean Better Development
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    Better Jobs Mean Better Development

    Dec 8, 2023 Dani Rodrik shows why rich and poor countries alike will have to enhance employment and productivity in service sectors.

  5. Doing Economic Nationalism the Right Way
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    Doing Economic Nationalism the Right Way

    Nov 7, 2023 Dani Rodrik touts East Asian developmentalism as an enduring model for shaping domestic strategies.

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    The Bretton Woods Institutions We Need

    Joaquim Levy, et al. explain how the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank can rise to current global challenges.
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    The World Cannot Afford to Ignore the Poorest Countries

    Indermit Gill & M. Ayhan Kose warn that a growing gap between the world’s haves and have-nots will undercut global goals.
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    The World Is Still on Fire

    Lawrence H. Summers & N.K. Singh

    For the last several years, world leaders have made big promises and laid out bold plans to mitigate the climate crisis and help the neediest countries adapt. At this year's World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, they must demonstrate that they can fulfill these promises, rather than simply touting new ones.

    think policymakers need to get four things right to shore up the credibility of the international system.
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    Israel Must End the Gaza War

    Dennis Ross

    With the exception of the extreme right, no one in Israel wants to be stuck in Gaza, responsible for 2.4 million Palestinians, and facing a likely insurgency. Israel can end this war soon and save those hostages who are still alive, having demilitarized Gaza and set the stage for an alternative to Hamas.

    thinks the only strategic objective that matters is close – or close enough – to being met.
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    A Weak, Uneven Global Recovery

    Eswar Prasad & Caroline Smiltneks explain why domestic political divisions and inflationary pressures jeopardize current market optimism.
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    Will Cambridge Support Free Speech?

    Peter Singer examines the university’s ongoing case against Nathan Cofnas, a research fellow who advocates “race realism.”
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    Can China Get Out of Its Rut?

    China’s authorities have powerful economic-policy levers at their disposal to achieve their 5% growth target this year and put the economy on a more sustainable long-term growth path. But several trends – from the shift toward state capitalism to population aging to the loss of goodwill between Chinese and Americans – could thwart China’s ambition to join the ranks of high-income countries by mid-century.

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    China Stifles Its Own Debate

    Stephen S. Roach bemoans the transformation of the country’s most important platform for open dialogue into a schmooze-fest.
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    Leaving Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Will Be Hard, But May Be Wise

    Peter Doyle considers how exiting the CFA franc zone could benefit Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, despite the challenges.

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