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The Demography Puzzle

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Political and business leaders in emerging economies frequently boast that their countries' young, fast-growing populations are a boon for investment and output. But while it is true that the declining size of the workforce in developed societies is imposing ever larger financial and social burdens, does it follow that more youthful societies will prosper? 

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  1. The Dangers of Demographic Denial
    Indian students queue up at Mithibai College for admission Hindustan Times/Getty Images

    The Dangers of Demographic Denial

    Sep 29, 2017 Adair Turner calls on developing countries to stop boasting, and start worrying, about their fast-growing, youthful populations

  2. Maintaining Growth in a Fast-Aging Asia
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    Maintaining Growth in a Fast-Aging Asia

    May 24, 2017 Changyong Rhee warns that powerful demographic headwinds could undermine the region's economic prospects.

  3. The Creeping Public-Pension Debacle
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    The Creeping Public-Pension Debacle

    Oct 24, 2016 Bill Emmott warns developed countries that failing to raise their retirement age will come at a high cost.

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    Reckoning With a New Authoritarian Bloc

    Joschka Fischer considers the implications of a northern Asian alliance that exists primarily to challenge American hegemony.
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    Is Europe Too Big for Further Enlargement?

    Ana Palacio warns that even if candidates meet accession criteria, decision-making processes would need to be reformed.
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    The Sino-American Trade War Benefits China’s Competitors

    Arvind Subramanian warns that escalating protectionism, while dangerous, could end up helping developing countries like India.
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    Is the Quad Becoming a Potemkin Alliance?

    Brahma Chellaney fears that US President Joe Biden’s conciliatory approach toward China is undermining Indo-Pacific security.
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    The High Costs of the New US Tariffs on Chinese EVs

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    Every time one set of protectionist measures against China disappoints, the United States escalates its economic war in the hope that additional restrictions will prove more effective. Yet by slapping massive tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, America has laid bare its own hypocrisy and economic vulnerabilities.

    laments the Biden administration's embrace of costly, futile efforts to outcompete low-cost rivals.
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    How G7 Leaders Can Unlock Financing for Africa

    William Ruto

    With many African countries trapped in perpetual cycles of debt, financing investment in sustainable development has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. The situation demands that wealthy countries step up and offer debt relief and cancellation, in addition to more concessional and long-term financing.

    urges wealthy countries to help bring the global financial system into line with the developing world's needs.
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    The Threat of Trumpflation and a Fed War

    J. Bradford DeLong thinks monetary hawks should be more worried about the return of a populist demagogue to the White House.
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    Is China Too Old to Get Rich?

    Yi Fuxian explains why the country’s rising median age is at the root of its current malaise.
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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.

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