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Shang-Jin Wei

Shang-Jin Wei

Writing for PS since 2015
59 commentaries
1 videos & podcasts

Shang-Jin Wei, a former chief economist at the Asian Development Bank, is Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. 

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  1. How Can the World’s Growth Engine Do Better?
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    How Can the World’s Growth Engine Do Better?

    Jan 5, 2024 Shang-Jin Wei recommends a three-step plan to bolster business confidence and restore China's lost momentum.

  2. Biden Missed an Opportunity to Help America – and Himself
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    Biden Missed an Opportunity to Help America – and Himself

    Nov 23, 2023 Shang-Jin Wei touts the economic benefits – not least for US voters – of rolling back trade tariffs on Chinese imports.

  3. Measuring Corruption in China
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    Measuring Corruption in China

    Sep 21, 2023 Yongheng Deng & Shang-Jin Wei outline a novel approach to assessing the extent and scope of the country's graft problem.

  4. China Must Avoid a Debt-Deflation Spiral
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    China Must Avoid a Debt-Deflation Spiral

    Sep 4, 2023 Shang-Jin Wei urges economic policymakers to be far more aggressive in stimulating aggregate demand.

  5. Containing the Collateral Damage of America’s China Policy
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    Containing the Collateral Damage of America’s China Policy

    Jul 10, 2023 Shang-Jin Wei outlines steps that US policymakers should take to maintain global economic and geopolitical stability.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle

    Big Tech firms flagrantly disregard the implicit social contract that enables capitalist economies to thrive. The time has come to curb their market power and establish the institutional mechanisms necessary to prevent the benefits of technological innovation from being monopolized by a privileged few.

    urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.
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    Europe and the World Need Ukraine to Prevail

    Dmytro Kuleba & Josep Borrell

    Ukrainians, Europeans, and others around the world all have an interest in opposing the kind of war of aggression that Russia launched two years ago. Failing to support Ukraine now would invite a return to the dark past of military aggression, imperialism, and colonialism – and not just in Europe.

    remind everyone of the stakes in Russia's war of aggression, as it enters its third year.
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    Is Blockchain Ready for Primetime?

    Josh Burek considers whether the technology has checked all the boxes needed to achieve wider adoption.
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    Russia Will Honor Navalny Someday

    Carl Bildt reflects on the murdered opposition leader’s success in challenging Vladimir Putin’s regime.
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    Europe Is Home Alone

    Joschka Fischer thinks the threats to European security have become too great for the status quo to bear.
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    Economic Possibilities for Our Overworked Grandchildren

    Kaushik Basu shows how it is possible to redistribute income from the rich to the poor without undermining individual incentives.

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