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Isabel Ortiz

Isabel Ortiz

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Isabel Ortiz, Director of the Global Social Justice Program at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, is a former director of the International Labor Organization and UNICEF, and a former senior official at the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank.

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  1. Ending the Austerity Pandemic
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    Ending the Austerity Pandemic

    Dec 8, 2022 Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins warn that governments are returning to the same failed belt-tightening policies of the past.

  2. Another Year of Living Dangerously
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    Another Year of Living Dangerously

    Dec 31, 2019 Isabel Ortiz warns of more austerity, protests, rising inequality, and environmental degradation in 2020.

  3. The Insanity of Austerity
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    The Insanity of Austerity

    Oct 11, 2019 Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins are alarmed by economic policymakers’ continued obsession with fiscal retrenchment at a time of slowing growth.

  4. The Austerity Pandemic
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    The Austerity Pandemic

    Jun 14, 2013 Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins on the economic reasons for political unrest.

  5. Recovery and Equality
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    Recovery and Equality

    Jul 26, 2012 Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins

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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

    Ian Buruma highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack

    The post-1945 global financial architecture has failed to narrow the prosperity gap between Africa and the rest of the world. Reforming this dysfunctional, outdated, and unfair system requires ensuring that African sovereigns and corporate entities can borrow reliably on reasonable terms.

    envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence

    A 2022 book argues that the only effective responses to government or market deficiencies come from civil society. When society is “malfunctioning” – for example, owing to deep polarization or fragmentation – that response mechanism is disrupted, and can even stop working altogether.

    considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.
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    Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge

    Wempi Saputra identifies three areas in which the organization’s client countries could use more guidance.

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