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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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    Is Putin in Peril?

    From alternate-reality annexations to fresh nuclear threats, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems more desperate than ever to project an image of strength after a string of battlefield defeats. As Ukrainian forces advance on Russian-occupied territories and hundreds of thousands of draft-age Russian men flee the Kremlin’s “partial mobilization,” we asked PS commentators to assess his prospects.

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    Liz Truss’s Backward Vision of the Future

    Diane Coyle argues that the new UK government will never cure what ails the British economy by living in the past.
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    The State Is Taking Back Energy

    Nick Butler sees increased government intervention in the sector as necessary but too often suboptimal.
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    The Stabilizing Effect of Inflation

    Daniel Gros explains why, despite the disruptions caused by monetary tightening, a financial crisis is unlikely.
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    Germany’s Emerging War Economy

    Dalia Marin outlines how the country can transform its economy and help Europe achieve strategic autonomy.
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    Japan’s Post-Abe Trust Crisis

    Akira Kawamoto explains how Fumio Kishida’s embattled government can regain public confidence and boost economic growth.
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    Liz Truss vs. the Bank of England

    Shang-Jin Wei explains how UK policymakers can prevent a financial crisis by helping pensioners and homeowners.
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    What’s Happened to China’s Economy?

    Zhang Jun worries that weakened incentives for local-government policy innovation are undermining dynamism and growth.
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    Women, Life, Freedom, and the Left

    Slavoj Žižek

    Four recent global news stories have revealed the varieties of women’s empowerment, showing how the politics of sex and gender can either challenge or reinforce existing power structures. For Western liberals, understanding these dynamics will be crucial to beating back the new right.

    shows how four recent news events highlight the failings of Western progressives to counter the far right.

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