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Matthew Cummins

Matthew Cummins

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Matthew Cummins is an economist who has worked at the United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF, and the World 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. 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.

  3. The Austerity Pandemic
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    The Austerity Pandemic

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

  4. Recovery and Equality
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    Recovery and Equality

    Jul 26, 2012 Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins

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    The Ozone Layer’s Recovery Shows How to Protect the Planet

    Robert Redford & Xiye Bastida highlight the critical role of international cooperation in preserving the planet’s habitability.
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    The Middle East Needs a Ceasefire Now

    Daoud Kuttab explains why the latest escalation could lead to a truce instead of an all-out military showdown.
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    Overcoming the Development-Project Implementation Gap

    Jorge Moreira da Silva & Jorge Moreira da Silva highlights ways to strengthen the International Development Association’s already-powerful impact.
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    Developing Countries’ Liquidity Crisis Is Not Over

    Ishac Diwan & Vera Songwe urge global policymakers to prevent mass insolvency and finance urgent climate projects.
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    America’s Manufacturing Renaissance Will Create Few Good Jobs

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    Many countries’ recent experiences show that boosting manufacturing employment is like chasing a fast-receding target. Automation and skill-biased technology have made it extremely unlikely that manufacturing can be the labor-absorbing activity it once was, which means that the future of “good jobs” must be created in services.

    shows why policies to boost employment in the twenty-first century ultimately must focus on services.
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    Minxin Pei on China’s economy, surveillance state, repression of dissent, and more

    Minxin Pei doubts China’s government is willing to do what is needed to restore growth, describes the low-tech approaches taken by the country’s vast security apparatus, considers the Chinese social-credit system’s repressive potential, and more.
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    Who Should Decide If It’s Genocide?

    David Alton, et al. urge British policymakers to take a proactive approach to addressing mass-atrocity crimes.
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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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