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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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    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.
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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.

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