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Nancy Qian

Nancy Qian

Writing for PS since 2021
32 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Nancy Qian, Professor of Economics at Northwestern University, is Co-Director of Northwestern University’s Global Poverty Research Lab and Founding Director of China Econ Lab.

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  1. What TikTok Got Wrong About America
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    What TikTok Got Wrong About America

    May 6, 2024 Nancy Qian thinks the company sealed its fate by aggressively interfering in the US political process.

  2. Humanizing the US-China Relationship
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    Humanizing the US-China Relationship

    Apr 5, 2024 Nancy Qian laments the sharp decline in cross-cultural in-person interactions since the pandemic.

  3. The Truth About US Immigration
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    The Truth About US Immigration

    Mar 18, 2024 Nancy Qian warns that overheated campaign-season rhetoric is dangerously polarizing and ultimately self-defeating.

  4. Why Are So Many Young Chinese Depressed?
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    Why Are So Many Young Chinese Depressed?

    Dec 20, 2023 Nancy Qian identifies the main structural factors driving widespread youth unemployment and loneliness.

  5. Zero-COVID’s Long Tail
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    Zero-COVID’s Long Tail

    Nov 17, 2023 Nancy Qian considers the lasting economic and social effects of China’s three years of draconian lockdowns.

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    Is Private Credit Becoming the Public’s Problem?

    Howard Davies considers whether, and in what manner, regulators should respond to the industry's explosive growth.
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    Organ Donation Can Save Donors’ Lives, Too

    Peter Singer shows why a recipient of a new liver or kidney is not necessarily the only one who benefits.
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    The Global Implications of EU Tariffs on Chinese EVs

    Shang-Jin Wei explains how higher levies will affect domestic consumers, Chinese producers, and other countries.
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    A Shining Example of Successful Multilateralism

    If the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything, it is that global challenges require global partnerships if they are to be conquered. International cooperation on vaccine production is perhaps the clearest example of this simple truth.

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    Diplomacy Could Help Revive Democracy in Venezuela

    Roberto Patiño urges the international community to help ensure a free and fair presidential election in July.
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    The Specter of Neo-Fascism Is Haunting Europe

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    With mainstream parties and politicians already preparing to accommodate the far right following this month's European Parliament election, the axiom of post-World War II European democracy has been quietly abandoned. “No collaboration with fascists" is being replaced by a tacit acceptance of them.

    harbors no illusions about what the outcome of the European Parliament election means.
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    Can Private Hospitals Increase Access to Health Care in Developing Countries?

    Titir Bhattacharya & Tanika Chakraborty show how innovative insurance schemes can help low- and middle-income economies achieve universal coverage.
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    Tracking Ukraine’s Reconstruction Funds

    Wolfgang Fengler & Vladyslav Rashkovan show how digital tools can streamline the process, improve transparency, and provide accountability.
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    Slovakia’s Anti-Democratic Government Is Doubling Down

    Soňa Muzikárová warns that the assassination attempt in May has led the government to double down on illiberal reforms.

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