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Is Sustainable Development Being Achieved?

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The Sustainable Development Goals are now two years old.  Is the UN community keeping its word to the world’s poorest people?  Are too many nations backsliding into the old game of relying on others to do the heavy lifting in enacting the SDGs? 

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  1. Counting What Counts in Development
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    Counting What Counts in Development

    Sep 14, 2017 Selim Jahan says the best way to improve human development outcomes is to change how we measure quality of life.

  2. Data-Driven Gender Equality
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    Data-Driven Gender Equality

    Sep 13, 2017 Mark Suzman says that achieving the UN’s development goals for women and girls must start with better metrics.

  3. How to Achieve the SDGs
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    How to Achieve the SDGs

    Aug 29, 2017 Mahmoud Mohieldin advocates a bottom-up approach to achieving global development goals, citing Colombia as an example.

  4. A Scientific Method for the SDGs
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    A Scientific Method for the SDGs

    Jun 6, 2017 Anne-Sophie Stevance & David McCollum describe a new analytical framework for prioritizing development goals and investments.

  5. The Private Sector and the SDGs
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    The Private Sector and the SDGs

    Feb 6, 2017 Mahmoud Mohieldin & Svetlana Klimenko describe how to mobilize financial markets to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

  6. Investment for Sustainable Growth
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    Investment for Sustainable Growth

    Oct 31, 2016 Jeffrey D. Sachs describes the types of long-term investments the world economy needs – and how to finance them.

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    The High Stakes of Climate-Risk Accounting

    Gernot Wagner & Tom Brookes show why economists can no longer ignore the need for a far more comprehensive set of welfare indicators.
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    The Cost of the Fed’s Challenged Credibility

    Mohamed A. El-Erian interprets the latest market tumult as the price of delaying monetary-policy tightening for too long.
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    Core Dangers for the Fed and China

    Stephen S. Roach

    Just as a fixation on core inflation can mislead central banks, as it has done with the US Federal Reserve, the power of a “core leader” like China’s Xi Jinping is a recipe for misdirected and ultimately unsustainable policy regimes. The very notion of a core adds a false sense of precision when addressing complex problems.

    thinks the US central bank and Chinese governance share a conceptual weakness leading to major policy blunders.
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    Amazon’s Satanic Mills

    Antara Haldar sees recent unionization efforts as a welcome response to an unethical and inhumane business model.
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    Asia’s Captive Market for Migrant Labor

    M. Niaz Asadullah highlights how an entrenched alliance of politicians, bureaucrats, and business elites is exploiting workers.
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    In Search of a Development Plan for Asia

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that bottom-up institutions – not top-down strategies – are the key to regional integration.
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    Giorgia Meloni’s Moment

    Bill Emmott sees little difference between the Brothers of Italy’s program and that of recent right-wing governments.
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    America’s Education Emergency

    Michael R. Strain calls for urgent action to make up for pandemic learning loss in light of dismal new test scores.
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    God Save the Pound?

    Andrés Velasco explains why sterling is plummeting when economic theory says it should be soaring.

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