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Submerging Markets?

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Emerging markets, until recently the main engines of world economic growth, are losing momentum – with serious implications for global recovery. How have commodity prices, domestic politics, and advanced-country monetary policy undermined emerging-market growth, and what do recent developments mean for investors, consumers, and policymakers worldwide?

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  1. Containing Competitive Monetary Easing

    Containing Competitive Monetary Easing

    Apr 28, 2014 Raghuram G. Rajan calls for monetary-policy coordination among major central banks.

  2. The Future of Economic Progress

    The Future of Economic Progress

    Apr 15, 2014 Kemal Derviş homes in on the key questions surrounding the nature and measurement of contemporary growth.

  3. The Growing Divide Within Developing Economies

    The Growing Divide Within Developing Economies

    Apr 11, 2014 Dani Rodrik examines why informal and traditional sectors are expanding, rather than shrinking.

  4. Losing Interest

    Losing Interest

    Apr 11, 2014 Barry Eichengreen examines competing explanations for three decades of decline in real interest rates.

  5. Sentiment and Sensibility in Emerging Markets

    Sentiment and Sensibility in Emerging Markets

    Apr 9, 2014 Laura Tyson says that differentiation of country and sector risk will determine future investment flows.

  6. The Two Mexicos
    dr3326c.jpg Dean Rohrer

    The Two Mexicos

    Apr 1, 2014 Jaana Remes & Luis Rubio take issue with flattering headlines heralding a new emerging-market success story.

  1. khrushcheva171_MIKHAIL METZELPOOLAFP via Getty Images_putinkim Mikhail Metzel/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

    Putin and Kim’s Cartoon Summit

    Nina L. Khrushcheva thinks that Russia's recent meeting with North Korea was intended primarily as a warning to the South.
  2. haykel18_MANDEL NGANAFP via Getty Images_mbs Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

    Saudi Arabia’s New Nationalism

    Bernard Haykel explains the reasoning behind the Kingdom's ongoing domestic- and foreign-policy transformation.
  3. wagner22_Lukas SchulzeGetty Images_pollution Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

    The Green Growth Mindset

    Gernot Wagner sees doctrinaire debates about capitalism as irrelevant or even deleterious to the decarbonization effort.
  4. mallochbrown17_GIANLUIGI GUERCIAAFP via Getty Images_africawomenpolitics Gianluigi Guercia/AFP via Getty Images

    Africa Is the Future of Multilateralism

    Mark Malloch-Brown explains why the continent should be at the forefront of efforts to bring about international reforms.
  5. op_yi2_PEDRO PARDOAFP via Getty Images_chinahousing Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images

    A Chinese Bubble Long in the Making

    Yi Fuxian

    The Chinese government is very good at covering up small problems, but these often pile up into much bigger ones that can no longer be ignored. The current real-estate bubble is a case in point, casting serious doubts not just on the wisdom of past policies but also on China's long-term economic future.

    traces the long roots of the country's mounting economic and financial problems.
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    Industrial Policy Is Back

    From semiconductors to electric vehicles, governments are identifying the strategic industries of the future and intervening to support them – abandoning decades of neoliberal orthodoxy in the process. Are industrial policies the key to tackling twenty-first-century economic challenges or a recipe for market distortions and lower efficiency?

  7. fischer208_DrAfter123Getty Images_AIhuman DrAfter123/Getty Images

    Is AI a Master or Slave?

    Joschka Fischer wonders whether humanity can even hope to maintain control in an era of “mega-crisis.”
  8. haldar25_BettmannGetty Images_friedmanreagan Bettmann/Getty Images

    Laying Chicago Economics to Rest

    Antara Haldar

    From breakthroughs in behavioral economics to mounting evidence in the real world, there is good reason to think that the economic orthodoxy of the past 50 years now has one foot in the grave. The question is whether the mainstream economics profession has gotten the memo.

    looks back on 50 years of neoclassical economic orthodoxy and the damage it has wrought.
  9. delong254_ Samuel CorumGetty Images_january6riot Samuel Corum/Getty Images

    America’s Broken Civic Bargain

    J. Bradford DeLong worries that Republicans have abandoned one of the core principles that sustains a democracy over time.

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