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Hector R. Torres

Hector R. Torres

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Hector R. Torres, a former IMF executive director, is a senior fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Canada, and a professor at Di Tella University in Buenos Aires.

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  1. Argentina's Confidence Game
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    Argentina's Confidence Game

    Oct 4, 2021 Hector R. Torres notes that regaining investors’ trust is a task for the country’s leaders, not for the International Monetary Fund.

  2. The Global Retreat of Free Trade
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    The Global Retreat of Free Trade

    Sep 25, 2019 Hector R. Torres fears the consequences of US President Donald Trump's efforts to dismantle the World Trade Organization.

  3. The IMF Is Fueling an Argentine Crisis – Again
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    The IMF Is Fueling an Argentine Crisis – Again

    Apr 18, 2019 Hector R. Torres fears that the country's long and troubled history with the International Monetary Fund is about to repeat itself.

  4. An Opportunity for the WTO
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    An Opportunity for the WTO

    Oct 30, 2017 Hector R. Torres identifies three issues that participants in December's 11th Ministerial Conference must confront.

  5. Trump, Trade, and the Middle Powers
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    Trump, Trade, and the Middle Powers

    Mar 16, 2017 Oonagh Fitzgerald & Hector R. Torres urge leaders of countries with the most to lose to resist the US president's zero-sum trade vision.

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    Supporting Sexual and Reproductive Health Is Good Business

    Natalia Kanem argues that investing in employees’ well-being will help companies attract and retain top talent.
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    Can Democracy Win in 2024?

    Chris Patten highlights the challenges mainstream parties face as they try to boost growth and improve public services.
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    Finding a New French Majority

    Jean Pisani-Ferry assesses what must happen to form a stable government after an election that produced a hung parliament.
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    Industrial Policy Is Back. Now What?

    How to design effective industrial policies has suddenly become a hot – and divisive – topic among economists and policymakers. Even those who agree that governments should intervene in the economy to bolster productivity, increase competitiveness, and tackle social and environmental challenges differ sharply on the details.

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    The Big Picture

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    The Way Forward for Ukraine’s Economy

    Joseph E. Stiglitz & Andrew Kosenko

    With sufficient assistance from the West, Ukraine will prevail over its much larger and richer authoritarian neighbor. But to enjoy the fruits of victory, it will have to move faster in its transition from a post-communist oligarchy, while being careful to resist the siren call of free-market fundamentalism.

    offer a roadmap for guiding the country's recovery and reconstruction during and after the war.
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    Rich Countries Must Meet Their Biodiversity Financing Pledges

    Mary Robinson urges international policymakers to use the upcoming COP16 summit to close the nature-finance gap.
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    Inequality Spurs Democratic Backsliding

    Susan Stokes shows that countries with fairer economies are less likely to succumb to authoritarian populism.
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    Bracing for a More Inflationary World

    Raghuram G. Rajan thinks central banks will remain under pressure to maintain tighter policies over the medium term.

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