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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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    The High Stakes of Climate-Risk Accounting

    Gernot Wagner & Tom Brookes show why economists can no longer ignore the need for a far more comprehensive set of welfare indicators.
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    The Cost of the Fed’s Challenged Credibility

    Mohamed A. El-Erian interprets the latest market tumult as the price of delaying monetary-policy tightening for too long.
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    Core Dangers for the Fed and China

    Stephen S. Roach

    Just as a fixation on core inflation can mislead central banks, as it has done with the US Federal Reserve, the power of a “core leader” like China’s Xi Jinping is a recipe for misdirected and ultimately unsustainable policy regimes. The very notion of a core adds a false sense of precision when addressing complex problems.

    thinks the US central bank and Chinese governance share a conceptual weakness leading to major policy blunders.
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    Amazon’s Satanic Mills

    Antara Haldar sees recent unionization efforts as a welcome response to an unethical and inhumane business model.
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    Asia’s Captive Market for Migrant Labor

    M. Niaz Asadullah highlights how an entrenched alliance of politicians, bureaucrats, and business elites is exploiting workers.
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    In Search of a Development Plan for Asia

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that bottom-up institutions – not top-down strategies – are the key to regional integration.
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    Giorgia Meloni’s Moment

    Bill Emmott sees little difference between the Brothers of Italy’s program and that of recent right-wing governments.
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    America’s Education Emergency

    Michael R. Strain calls for urgent action to make up for pandemic learning loss in light of dismal new test scores.
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    God Save the Pound?

    Andrés Velasco explains why sterling is plummeting when economic theory says it should be soaring.

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