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March 21, 2011

Economics
Markets vs Governments in Energy Policy

I started reading Dani Rodrik’s engaging new book, The Globalization Paradox, last week. Rodrik makes his core point early and often: Too many policymakers and economists assume that markets and gove…

September 30, 2008

Financial Markets
A new reason to be bullish on America: It is (almost) Sweden

A Merrill Lynch strategist seems to have come up with a new reason to buy stocks: The US isn’t far from adopting the “Swedish” approach to managing a financial crisis – and that didn’t turn out to …

June 3, 2009

Emerging Markets
Not just emerging markets

Dani Rodrik: "Foreign borrowing can enable consumers and governments to live beyond their means for a while, but reliance on foreign capital is an unwise strategy. The problem is not only that forei…

May 31, 2011

Development
Michael Spence Looks at the Future of Global Economic Growth

Michael Spence explores a convergence between "two parallel and interacting revolutions: the continuation of the Industrial Revolution in the advanced countries, and the sudden and dramatic spread…

September 16, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: The Palestinian UN Statehood Gambit

Palestinians take part in a candle light rally to show support for the Palestinian bid for full United Nations membership on September 15, 2011. (Ammar Awad/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The Pal…

Palestinians take part in a candle light rally to show support for the Palestinian bid for full United Nations membership this month, outside the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, September 15, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

August 12, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Friday File: The GOP Debate Meets Budget Math

Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Foreign policy took a back seat to Obama bashing and internal GOP sniping in last night’s Republican presidential debate. Rick Sant…

A farm in the town of Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters)

May 10, 2011

Development
The Next Convergence

A succinct description of how the recent period of growth in developing countries is leading to a convergence with the advanced countries, or developed world.

January 25, 2006

China
Chart envy. China’s goods exports v. US goods exports

Every now and again, I run a across a chart that is so good that I really, really wish I had thought to do it myself. James Pressler of Northern Trust's chart comparing Chinese goods exports v. U…

October 29, 2008

Emerging Markets
At this rate the world’s financial architecture will have been remade before November 15th

Today the Federal Reserve indicated that it would swap US dollars for Brazilian real, Korean won, Mexican pesos and Singapore dollars -- effectively allowing a select group of emerging economies to b…

May 23, 2007

Emerging Markets
I am not sure there is much risk that emerging economies will become too enamored with floating any time soon.

Dani Rodrik poses an important question on his blog:“If forced to choose between a world in which developing countries are growing rapidly but there are global macro imbalances associated with it, an…