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October 1, 2018

United States
How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.

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July 24, 2012

Corporate Governance
The Dodd-Frank Act

The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act was one of the most significant financial regulatory reform measures since the Great Depression.  In the wake of the financial crisis, it sought to give regulators new tools t…

Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke and Chairman of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board Paul Volcker (R) testify before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 17, 2010 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

May 2, 2017

Financial Markets
If Congress Dismantles Dodd-Frank, It Should Not Ignore Systemic Cyber Risk

Congressional Republicans want to repeal a big chunk of Dodd-Frank. Although it might kickstart economic growth, it would also increase systemic cyber risk.

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July 11, 2017

Energy and Environment
Interactive: Oil Exporters' External Breakeven Prices

The 2014 fall in global oil prices, from over $100 a barrel to around $50 a barrel, reduced the export proceeds of the world’s main oil- and gas-exporting economies by about $1 trillion. After a deca…

April 26, 2017

Trade
Using Fiscal Policy to Drive Trade Rebalancing Turns Out To Be Hard

The idea behind “fiscally-driven external rebalancing” is straightforward. If countries with external (e.g. trade) surpluses run expansionary fiscal policies, they will raise their own level of de…

Using Fiscal Policy to Drive Trade Rebalancing Turns Out To Be Hard

April 12, 2017

Monetary Policy
When Did China “Manipulate” Its Currency?

There is no single definition of manipulation, to be sure—so no way of definitively answering the question. Over the last ten or so years, manipulation has been equated with "buying foreign exchange …

When Did China “Manipulate” Its Currency?

March 27, 2017

United States
Bill Maher Makes Us Dumber: How Ignorance, Fear and Stupid Pop-Culture Clichés Shape Americans’ View of the Middle East

Americans used to be just ignorant about Muslims and the Middle East. Now we're also fearful, stupid and wrong.

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January 6, 2015

Five Reasons for Slow Growth

A remarkable pattern has emerged since the 2008 global financial crisis: Governments, central banks, and international financial institutions have consistently had to revise their growth forecasts do…

Storm clouds approach the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington (Gary Cameron /Courtesy Reuters).

September 4, 2014

China
Notable Quotables From THE BATTLE OF BRETTON WOODS

“The various currencies, which were all maintained on a stable basis in relation to gold and to one another, facilitated the easy flow of capital and of trade to an extent the full value of which …

Notable Quotables From THE BATTLE OF BRETTON WOODS

February 12, 2014

Education
Volkswagen's Tennessee Gambit: Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Union?

I have long been a strong advocate of foreign investment in the United States, and have argued against discriminatory tax rules, short-sighted security restrictions, or other government measures that…

The Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga ,Tennessee, is shown (Billy Weeks /Courtesy Reuters).