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Nicholas Stern

Nicholas Stern

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Nicholas Stern, a former chief economist of the World Bank (2000-03) and co-chair of the international High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices, is Professor of Economics and Government and Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former chair of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change.

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  1. Water and the High Price of Bad Economics
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    Water and the High Price of Bad Economics

    Dec 1, 2023 Mariana Mazzucato, et al. explain why new thinking is needed to address a crisis closely linked to climate change and biodiversity loss.

  2. The Global Climate-Finance Challenge
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    The Global Climate-Finance Challenge

    Dec 8, 2022 Vera Songwe, et al. show how to mobilize the funding developing countries will need to avert the worst effects of global warming.

  3. The Investment Imperative for the G7
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    The Investment Imperative for the G7

    Jun 9, 2021 Nicholas Stern sees the Cornwall summit as a vital opportunity to promote a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient recovery.

  4. Getting the Social Cost of Carbon Right
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    Getting the Social Cost of Carbon Right

    Feb 15, 2021 Nicholas Stern & Joseph E. Stiglitz urge the Biden administration to put a higher price on greenhouse-gas emissions than its predecessors.

  5. Sustainability’s Moment of Truth
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    Sustainability’s Moment of Truth

    Oct 4, 2019 Nicholas Stern warns that our future now depends on how much we reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the next two decades.

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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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    The Algorithm and Its Discontents

    Mariana Mazzucato & Ilan Strauss

    Deploying algorithms to maximize user engagement is how Big Tech firms maximize shareholder value, with short-term profits often overriding longer-term business objectives. Now that AI is poised to supercharge the platform economy, new rules and governance structures are urgently needed to safeguard the public.

    propose five principles to ensure that the digital economy serves the public good before short-term profit.
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    Judgment Days for Democracy

    Nicholas Reed Langen suspects that judges will play an increasingly central role in protecting democracy against populist assaults.
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    A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty

    Cina Lawson & Rory Stewart show that the conditions are ripe for deploying lump-sum payments to the world’s poorest people.
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.

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