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Yuen Yuen Ang

Yuen Yuen Ang

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Yuen Yuen Ang, Professor of Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University, is the author of How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (Cornell University Press, 2016) and China’s Gilded Age (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

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  1. How Exceptional Is China’s Crony-Capitalist Boom?
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    How Exceptional Is China’s Crony-Capitalist Boom?

    May 10, 2024 Yuen Yuen Ang explains how corruption both drove the country's GDP growth and sowed the seeds for its current economic problems.

  2. Mismeasuring Corruption Lets Rich Countries Off the Hook
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    Mismeasuring Corruption Lets Rich Countries Off the Hook

    Mar 22, 2024 Yuen Yuen Ang shows what conventional rankings get wrong, and proposes a better approach to measuring the problem.

  3. The Moral of the China Story
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    The Moral of the China Story

    Dec 11, 2023 Yuen Yuen Ang explains why the world’s second-largest economy has gone from being a model to a warning in just six years.

  4. The False Choice Between Neoliberalism and Interventionism
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    The False Choice Between Neoliberalism and Interventionism

    Apr 18, 2023 Yuen Yuen Ang calls on policymakers to think more creatively about how to accelerate economic development.

  5. Is China Back?
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    Is China Back?

    Jan 17, 2023 Yuen Yuen Ang thinks the success of post-COVID economic reopening will prove short-lived without political reforms.

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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.
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    Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity

    Mohamed Ould Ghazouani & Ajay Banga urge the G7 to focus on the continent’s future, and on five priorities in particular, at this week’s summit.
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

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    The 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus holds useful lessons about what it takes to arrest – and recover from – inter-communal violence. But there is a difference between a pogrom and a genocide, and conflating the two can do more harm than good.

    considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.
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    AI: Hope or Hype?

    Whether generative artificial intelligence will do more harm or good to our families, economies, and societies remains an open question. In devising strategies for harnessing the technology, optimism is undoubtedly warranted, but it should not come at the expense of realism.

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    How Denmark Keeps the Far Right at Bay

    Michael Ehrenreich explains how mainstream parties have neutralized the threat of right-wing populists.
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    How Techno-Libertarians Fell in Love with Big Government

    Quinn Slobodian argues Silicon Valley investors are against the state only insofar as it is not enriching them personally.
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    How Chinese Savings Can Support the Global Green Transition

    Daniel Gros urges the EU to welcome cheap low-carbon goods, such as electric vehicles, from China.

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