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Nancy Qian

Nancy Qian

Writing for PS since 2021
19 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Nancy Qian, Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, is a co-director of Northwestern University’s Global Poverty Research Lab and the Founding Director of China Econ Lab.

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  1. China’s Future Will Reflect Russia’s
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    China’s Future Will Reflect Russia’s

    Sep 15, 2022 Nancy Qian highlights how China has often followed in the footsteps of its northern neighbor, for better or worse.

  2. The Food Crisis Is Bigger Than Ukraine
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    The Food Crisis Is Bigger Than Ukraine

    Aug 19, 2022 Nancy Qian thinks the headlines attributing shortages to Russia’s war are ignoring a raft of other factors.

  3. China’s Great Wall of Public-Health Distrust
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    China’s Great Wall of Public-Health Distrust

    Jun 10, 2022 Nancy Qian says the government’s opaque approach to COVID-19 vaccine development and deployment has backfired.

  4. What the Shanghai Lockdown Tells Us About China’s Future
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    What the Shanghai Lockdown Tells Us About China’s Future

    Apr 22, 2022 Nancy Qian considers the political implications of the central government's decision to overrule the city's leadership.

  5. What Is China’s COVID Endgame?
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    What Is China’s COVID Endgame?

    Apr 13, 2022 Nancy Qian explains why the country must move past its unsustainable “zero-COVID” strategy and how it can do so.

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    The Canary in the Inflation Coal Mine

    Jonathan D. Ostry explains why central banks should pay much greater attention to shipping costs.
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    The Crumbling Nuclear Taboo

    Beatrice Fihn urges countries to refrain from responding to Russia's nuclear threats with nuclear threats of their own.
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    The Trussonomics Warning

    Jason Furman explains why all policies intended to help one group must nowadays come at the expense of other groups.
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    The Kremlin’s Suicidal Imperialism

    Nina L. Khrushcheva argues that the illegal annexation of four more Ukrainian territories will handicap future Russian leaders.
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    What Caused the Ukraine War?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

    Amid heated debates about the factors that led Russia to invade Ukraine on February 24, 2022, it helps to distinguish between deep, intermediate, and immediate causes. But while each can matter in their own ways, war need not be considered inevitable even when they are all present.

    considers the deep, intermediate, and immediate factors behind Russia’s invasion.
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    Why Businesses Misbehave

    Daron Acemoglu thinks narratives about heroic entrepreneurs and villainous tycoons are a distraction from what matters most.
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    J. Bradford DeLong on US inflation, redistribution, economic dogma, and more

    J. Bradford DeLong explains how the US Federal Reserve is undermining market and investor confidence, urges US Democrats to uphold supply-side progressivism, and proposes a straightforward approach to addressing the problems of distribution and utilization.
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    Helen Clark at Investing in Health for All

    Helen Clark delivers the closing keynote address at our October 2022 virtual event, Investing in Health for All.
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    Back to the Brink in Iran

    Amin Saikal explains why the regime may no longer be able to quell popular protest with force alone.

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