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Education: The Brain Gain

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Education does not benefit only its recipients; it has a profound impact on national economic outcomes. Poor educational performance may be a determining factor in the inability of Latin American countries to rise from middle- to high-income status over the last 50 years. Likewise, education could explain why Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan attained high-income status, while countries like Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia cannot complete the middle-income transition. Policymakers, economists, educators, and business leaders debate and advance innovative ideas about educational practice and policy.

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  1. Global Education Has Reached a Tipping Point
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    Global Education Has Reached a Tipping Point

    Jan 24, 2023 Nana Akufo-Addo & Jakaya Kikwete call on the international community to address crisis-level inequalities of access and opportunity.

  2. A Lesson from West Bengal
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    A Lesson from West Bengal

    Jan 23, 2023 Kaushik Basu shares what he learned about the state of Indian education on a trip to a remote rural area.

  3. The Taliban Cannot Defeat Women
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    The Taliban Cannot Defeat Women

    Jan 20, 2023 Gordon Brown & Yasmine Sherif sense fissures in the regime following the latest crackdown on access to education.

  4. The EU Must Spare Young Hungarians
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    The EU Must Spare Young Hungarians

    Jan 20, 2023 Előd Takáts & Piroska Nagy Mohacsi condemn the European Commission’s decision to suspend Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe funding to Hungary.

  5. The Three-Front War on Academic Freedom
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    The Three-Front War on Academic Freedom

    Jan 12, 2023 Tom Ginsburg fears that state intervention, donor pressure, and student demands are jeopardizing American higher education.

  6. The Plight of Public Schools in Africa
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    The Plight of Public Schools in Africa

    Dec 7, 2022 Palesa Libe highlights the toll that the pandemic has taken on lower-income students across the continent.

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    Getting to Monetary Integration in Latin America

    Camila Villard Duran explains why the vision of a regional unit of account, advanced by Brazil and Argentina, is achievable.
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    The Age of Verbiage

    Arvind Subramanian blames today’s nonstop inundation of expert opinion for undermining the quality of public discourse.
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    Davos Man Has a People Problem

    Antara Haldar suspects that the socially “disembedded” economic logic of globalization has gone as far as it can go.
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    Eliminate the Debt Ceiling

    Willem H. Buiter thinks the US Constitution and common sense argue for a de facto abolition of the cap.
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    Japan’s Fiscal Dilemma

    Takatoshi Ito explains why the country’s deficit-financed spending spree endangers its national security.
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    Too Soon for Global Optimism

    Kenneth Rogoff

    It is hard to reconcile the jubilant mood of many business leaders with the uncertainty caused by the war in Ukraine. While there are some positive signs of economic recovery, a sudden escalation could severely destabilize the global economy, cause a stock market crash, and accelerate deglobalization.

    warns that the Ukraine war and economic fragmentation are still jeopardizing world growth prospects.
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    Why Europe’s Franco-German Engine Is Stalling

    Jean Pisani-Ferry cautions that the two countries' differences are so substantial that a hasty compromise will not suffice.
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    Central Banks Should Slow Down

    Lucrezia Reichlin fears the consequences of excessive interest-rate hikes in the US, the UK, and especially the eurozone.
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    Three Cheers for Hybrid Work

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg thinks the advantages of more flexible labor arrangements outweigh the disadvantages.

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