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Keun Lee

Keun Lee

Writing for PS since 2021
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Keun Lee, a former vice chair of the National Economic Advisory Council for the President of South Korea, is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Seoul National University, a fellow at CIFAR, an editor at Research Policy, and the author, most recently, of Innovation-Development Detours for Latecomers: Managing Global-Local Interfaces in the De-Globalization Era (Cambridge University Press, 2024).

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  1. What Fiscally Sound Industrial Policy Can Do
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    What Fiscally Sound Industrial Policy Can Do

    May 2, 2024 Keun Lee highlights three tools that can support domestic-market growth and development without breaking the bank.

  2. Making the Most of FDI
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    Making the Most of FDI

    Feb 22, 2024 Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.

  3. South Korea and the US-China Rivalry
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    South Korea and the US-China Rivalry

    Dec 22, 2023 Keun Lee shows that, while protectionist policies benefit some firms, the overall effect on third parties is negative.

  4. Time For a Coffee Cartel?
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    Time For a Coffee Cartel?

    Oct 25, 2023 Keun Lee thinks producers in the Global South should consider the option to boost their bargaining power and revenues.

  5. The Key to Greening Heavy Industry
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    The Key to Greening Heavy Industry

    Aug 21, 2023 Keun Lee & John Mathews tout breakthroughs in green-hydrogen production that promise to accelerate the net-zero transition.

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    Why Macron Is Risking an Election

    Zaki Laïdi points out that the French president has little to lose by dissolving parliament after two years of paralysis.
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    The Economic Case for Seizing Russia’s Frozen Assets to Support Ukraine

    Timothy Ash rebuts the main arguments against confiscating Russian reserves to fund Ukraine’s defense.
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    The G7 Cannot Afford to Ignore Africa

    Hakainde Hichilema

    Despite rising global tensions, the G7 remains a formidable and influential grouping, and it has a responsibility to act boldly in boosting shared prosperity. To that end, it must replenish the International Development Association, reallocate special drawing rights, and push for debt-pause clauses at this week’s summit.

    urges the group to commit to an ambitious replenishment of the International Development Association.
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    Europe Must Fight the Far-Right Surge

    Philippe Legrain

    After the far right’s gains in the European Parliament elections, mainstream parties can either sit idly by or tackle the problem head-on, as French President Emmanuel Macron seems to be doing. Calling the populists’ bluff offers the best chance of victory by showing how their radical policies could backfire.

    thinks French President Emmanuel Macron was right to challenge the National Rally by calling a snap election.
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    Investing in African Women Will Yield Outsize Returns

    Dolika Banda highlights the pivotal role female entrepreneurs can play in building the “impact economies” of the future.
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    The Real Winners of the European Election

    Sławomir Sierakowski considers who is in the strongest position after a far-right wave failed to materialize.
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    Can AI Foster a Global Consciousness?

    Jamie Metzl explains how the technology could help people incorporate a collective purpose into their traditional beliefs.
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    Getting the Global Economy Out of the Slow Lane

    Indermit Gill & M. Ayhan Kose propose ways to revive progress toward prosperity, particularly in beleaguered developing economies.
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    Carla Norrlöf on NATO, the US dollar, the Gaza war, and more

    Carla Norrlöf advocates an expansion of NATO’s operational focus, suggests ways the US can enhance global confidence in the dollar, offers the Biden administration advice on how to respond to escalating tensions in the Middle East, and more.

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